Teza Reviews

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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2010
The herky-jerky quality of the experience, exacerbated by writer-director Gerima's restless editing, makes Anberber's story difficult to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 16, 2010
The storytelling is a deliberate muddle, jumbling time and space to suggest Anberber's aghast confusion. But if you stick with it for 140 minutes, everything does come together in an ending that is lyrical and devastating and just about perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 15, 2010
The film is rough around the edges, and overlong at two hours and 13 minutes. Still, it's an eye-opening portrait of injustice and loss that leaves you drowning in rage and sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alissa Simon
July 6, 2010
Ultimately rewards the viewer's patience with a potent sense of Ethiopian history and culture.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 29, 2010
Both intimate and sprawling in its scope and reach, Teza is a remarkable portrait of the tortured political and social history that Ethiopia suffered in the last decades of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Armond White
New York Press
April 14, 2010
Gerima opposes the utter triviality of movies about black peoples' lives. He's made a deeply-felt drama about the complexity of the diaspora experience-a connection to Africa, the Mother continent, that gets totally ignored in most films we see...
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 3, 2010
Occasionally drags, but remains a provocative, brave, potent and heartfelt drama brimming with haunting, lyrical images and important sociopolitical messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.21/10
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 2, 2010
He doesn't just reject political, philosophical, sexual, racial and spiritual dogma of every sort. He seems to view dogma itself as the one true evil: the ideological armor of bullies throughout history; the enemy of freedom, of art, of happiness itself.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
March 31, 2010
tands as a richly expansive portrait of a man caught between an untenable exile and the terrible consequences of his homeland's violent past.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2010
Epic treatment of a good man's return to an African nation torn by hunger and civil war.
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