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Haile Gerima

Ethiopian Filmmaker & Film Professor at Howard University

Ethiopian Filmmaker & Film Professor at Howard University

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Haile Gerima Biography

Haile Gerima is an independent filmmaker and professor of film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Gerima emigrated to the United States in 1967. Following in the footsteps of his father, a dramatist and playwright. Gerima studied acting in Chicago before entering the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where his exposure to Latin American films inspired him to mine his own cultural legacy. After completing his thesis film, Bush Mama (1975), Gerima received international acclaim with Harvest: 3000 Years (1976), an Ethiopian drama that won the Grand Prize at the Locarno film festival.

After the award-winning Ashes & Embers (1982) and the documentaries Wilmington 10—U.S.A 10,000 (1978) and After Winter: Sterling Brown (1985), Gerima filmed his epic, Sankofa (1993). This formally ambitious tale of a plantation slave revolt was ignored by U.S. distributors, but Gerima tapped into African American communities, and booked sold-out screenings in independent theaters around the country.

In 1996, Gerima founded the Sankofa Video and Bookstore in Washington, DC., a cultural and intellectual space that offers opportunities for self-expression, interaction, discussion and analysis through community events such as film screenings, book signings, scholar forums and artist showcases. Gerima continues to distribute and promote his own films, including his most recent festival success, Teza (2008), which won the Jury and Best Screenplay awards at the Venice Film Festival. He also lectures and conducts workshops in alternative screenwriting and directing both within the U.S. and internationally.

Haile Gerima Videos

  • Sankofa (1993) Haile Gerima and His Comrades | Academy Museum
    Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima in conversation with Raafi Rivero, Daniel E. Williams, and Bradford Young, moderated by Ava DuVernay, following a...
  • ‘Sankofa’ Conversation With Legendary Filmmaker Haile Gerima
    Independent filmmaker Haile Gerima is considered one of the leading cinematic voices of our time, and he joins “Black News Tonight” host Marc...

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