13 Best African Movies To Get You Hooked
On a count of hands, how many of you have seen an Ethiopian film?…*shuffles feet, meekly raises hand* To be honest, I can count on one hand and perhaps 3 fingers the amount of movies I’ve seen from the East African country. I’ve got to turn it up a notch there.There’s so many films and so many countries in world so one’s bound to straggle a bit you know. Anyhow, enough with the excuses. I began with this gem by director Haile Gerima that portrays surprise! Again politics and war. Goodness it took 14 years to make this picture due to funding issues, writing changes and going back and forth between locations in Germany and Ethiopia. One of the most important aspects of the film is what many immigrants feel when they return to their home country after years abroad- that alien and detached feeling that takes over.The film is slow moving at times but gently blooms through out its duration as well.
By Venice Film Festival: “The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people’s humanity and social values. After several years spent studying medicine in Germany, he finds the country of his youth replaced by turmoil. His dream of using his craft to improve the health of Ethiopians is squashed by a military junta that uses scientists for its own political ends. Seeking the comfort of his countryside home, Anberber finds no refuge from violence. The solace that the memories of his youth provide is quickly replaced by the competing forces of military and rebelling factions. Anberber needs to decide whether he wants to bear the strain or piece together a life from the fragments that lie around him.”