The Ethiopian President met with his Eritrean counterpart on 9th July 2018 after more than fifty years of conflict between their two countries, with the aim of establishing lasting peace. At War on Screen, we are celebrating this remarkable push for peace by focusing on how the cinema has portrayed the wars that have ravaged the Horn of Africa for so long. Alongside the fascinating documentary made in 2007, Gordian Toeller Revisited Eritrea, we are screening the impressive and baroque Teza, an international hit in 2008. In it Haile Gerima chronicles the dictatorship under Colonel Mengitsu from the perspective of an Ethiopian who studied biology in East Germany during the 1970s. With this radiant film, Haile Gerima reveals on a part of the world rarely seen on screen. A film for which he was awarded the highest international honours, in particular two prizes at the Venice Film Festival. The filmmaker will be present at WOS for an exclusive screening of extracts of the film he is currently editing, Black Lions and Roman Wolves, a film about the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935. Knowledge essential to the understanding of and putting into perspective the stakes at play of regions whose conflicts involve multiple participants.
TEZA, by Haile GERIMA (2008) - France, Germany, Ethiopia
GORDIAN TROELLER REVISITED-ERYTHREE, by Anne SCHILTZ (2007) - Luxembourg
BLACK LIONS AND ROMAN WOLVES, by Haile GERIMA (2019) - USA