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Above: Ethiopian-American actor Aaron Arefe in a scene from
“Teza, which opens in New York today at Lincoln Plaza Cinema.
(Photo: Mypheduh Films)

The New York Times
Teza (2008) NYT Critics’ Pick
Published: April 2, 2010

It’s all in the eyes. Remember that as you watch “Teza.”

Written and directed by the Ethiopian-born filmmaker Haile Gerima (“Sankofa,” “Ashes and Embers”) over more than a decade, this film is an autobiographical drama about a rural villager who journeys to Europe from Ethiopia and back again. He sees his country transformed from a pseudomonarchial dictatorship into an equally savage Marxist hellhole; gains an education and loses his innocence; falls in and out of love; makes and loses friends; and endures enough trauma to fill nine lives. Yet he ultimately finds reason to truly live again, rather than merely exist. Read more.

Related from Tadias Magazine:
TEZA in NYC: Showtimes and Events
A Conversation with Haile Gerima

Video: Watch the Trailer

For Filmmaker, Ethiopia’s Struggle Is His Own (The New York Times)
Teza, Portrait of an Ethiopian Exile (The Village Voice)

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