National Museum of African Art Presents Haile Gerima’s Acclaimed Films

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in D.C. features screenings of and discussion with Ethiopian independent filmmaker Haile Gerima, November 6th to November 14th, 2015. (Courtesy images)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias staff

Published: Friday, November 6th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — Opening tonight the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. is hosting week-long screenings of Ethiopian independent filmmaker Haile Gerima’s most critically acclaimed films including Adwa: An African Victory, Bush Mama, Sankofa, and Teza .

“Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with activists, actors, journalists, and scholars,” the museum announced.

The program, entitled Streams of a River African and African-American History and Identity in Haile Gerima’s Films, is presented in partnership with Positive Productions Inc., Minab Arts, Humanities D.C., and the Diverse City Fund.

In Adwa, which screens today, “Gerima uses paintings, rare historical photographs, music, recreations, and interviews with elders to tell the story of the 1896 battle in which the Ethiopian peoples united to defeat the Italian army.” Panelists include Kwasi Bonsou; Attorney Gabriel J. Christian and Associates, LLC & Founder of In-iversial Development of Ras Tafari; Greg Carr Professor of African Studies, Howard University, and Adjunct Faculty at Howard University School of Law; and Dagmawi Woubshet, Associate Professor of African American literature at Cornell University.

If you Go:
November 6
6–10 p.m.
Adwa: An African Victory
USA, Germany, 1997, 97 min., Amharic with English subtitles
Full information and RSVP

November 7
2–6 p.m.
Bush Mama
USA, 1979, 97 min., English
Full information and RSVP

November 11
6–10 p.m.
USA, Ghana, 1993, 125 min., English
Full information and RSVP

November 14
6–10 p.m.
Ethiopia, Germany, 2008, 140 min., Amharic and German with English subtitles
Full information and RSVP

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