Adwa — An African Victory, part of the film series Resistance & Revolution: The Cinema of Haile Gerima

Sunday, 31 March 2019, 1PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
TPP & Hot Docs Silver Members $6 | Public $ 11.50

Dir. Haile Gerima
1999 | 97 min

In 1896, Ethiopian forces armed mainly with spears and knives, defeat a well-equipped and organized Italian military bent on colonization. This victory ignited a flame of hope for freedom and independence in the hearts of African people.

The screening will be introduced by Nicole Brooks. In the performing arts world, Nicole Brooks is beyond a triple-threat. Her extensive accomplishments include filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. Brooks has devoted over 20 years producing innovative content (for both the stage and screen), with a focus on narratives that illuminate the peoples of the African Diaspora.

Haile Gerima is an independent filmmaker and professor of film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Gerima emigrated to the United States in 1967. Following in the footsteps of his father, a dramatist and playwright, Gerima studied acting in Chicago before entering the School of Theater, Film and Television at University of California, Los Angeles where his exposure to Latin American films inspired him to mine his own cultural legacy. He has pursued a rich career as an internationally-recognised maker, producer and distributer of films focused especially on African and African-American themes.

This Haile Gerima mini-retrospective is a celebration of a remarkable film-maker, a complement to two of The Power Plant’s Winter 2019 exhibitions, and represents co-presentations of five films with The Power Plant and Art Gallery of Ontario, Hot Docs, and TIFF.

Related Images