Teza

2010

Teza (2010)

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One man's journey through three decades of political uproar in Ethiopia sets the stage for this independent historical drama from director Haile Gerima. Anberber (Aaron Arefe) was born and raised in Ethiopia, but he became disillusioned with the poverty and political turmoil of his country, and in the 1970s he relocated to Germany to study medicine. As Anberber completed his medical training in Europe, he planned to return to Ethiopia and use his knowledge to help battle disease and raise the standard of living at home. But when he arrived in 1989, just as the collapse of the Berlin Wall was changing the face of global politics, he found an Ethiopia in even worse straits than when he left. Haile Mariam Mengistu became the nation's ruler in the wake of a revolution that brought down Haile Selassie, but while his socialist policies promised a better life for everyone, Mengistu's regime had become bitterly oppressive, and Anberber comes to believe that his knowledge is useless in helping the people around him. Teza was an official selection at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.

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The herky-jerky quality of the experience, exacerbated by writer-director Gerima's restless editing, makes Anberber's story difficult to follow.

Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 15, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Ultimately rewards the viewer's patience with a potent sense of Ethiopian history and culture.

Jul 6, 2010
Variety
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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.

Apr 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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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.

Apr 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

tands as a richly expansive portrait of a man caught between an untenable exile and the terrible consequences of his homeland's violent past.

Mar 31, 2010 | Full Review…

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