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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.
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.
Ultimately rewards the viewer's patience with a potent sense of Ethiopian history and culture.
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.
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.
tands as a richly expansive portrait of a man caught between an untenable exile and the terrible consequences of his homeland's violent past.
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.
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...
Occasionally drags, but remains a provocative, brave, potent and heartfelt drama brimming with haunting, lyrical images and important sociopolitical messages.
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