‘Teza’ Wins Africa Oscar

Director Haile Gerima’s film ‘Teza’ took the Golden Stallion of Yennenga for best film at the Fespaco film festival in Burkina Faso.

The jury’s unanimous pick for top honours, “Teza” deals with the brutal regime of dictator Haile Mariam Mengistu in the 1970s and 1980s.

It revolves around an idealistic scientist who returns to Ethiopia during the Mengistu regime. Beautifully filmed, “Teza” switches between present and past in a series of flashbacks between protagonists time studying in Germany in the 1970s, Ethiopia in the 1980s and the present.

It deals with big themes — emigration, return, dictatorship, racism, war and the position of women — without getting preachy.

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