Haile Gerima Visits Philly Friday and Saturday

Haile Gerima is considered the dean of the Black independent film movement. Over the past 35 years Mr. Gerima has made 11 films, including dramatic features (Bush Mama, Harvest: 3000 Years, Ashes and Embers) and documentaries (Wilmington 10: US 10,000, After Winter: Sterling Brown; Adwa: An African Victory). Mr. Gerima is perhaps best known as the writer, producer, and director of the acclaimed 1993 film Sankofa. Born in Ethiopia, he emigrated to the US to study theater at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. In the 1970s, Gerima came to prominence as a film student at the UCLA film school as a leader of the film movement known as the “L.A. Rebellion,” Since 1975 he has been a professor of film at Howard University. What inspires Gerima is a tireless devotion to independent cinema and the vision of a uniquely cinematic movement that stresses a symbiotic relationship between African Diaspora artists and the larger community.
Haile Gerima will be in Philadelphia on January 25 and 26 to attend the following events:
Producers’ Forum:

Teza with Director Haile Gerima

Friday, January 25, 8:00PM

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street

$10, $8 students/seniors
$5 for Scribe and Reelblack members

Free for students, faculty, and staff of
University of Pennsylvania and Temple University

Teza (2008, 140 min), set in Germany and Ethiopia, examines the displacement of African intellectuals, both at home and abroad, through the story of a young, idealistic Ethiopian doctor - Anberber (Aaron Arefe). The film chronicles Anberber’s internal struggle to stay true, both to himself and to his homeland.

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Join us for a reception in honor of Haile Gerima before the film from 7PM-8PM in the lobby of International House.

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia, Cinema Studies at University of Pennsylvania, History of Art Department at University of Pennsylvania, The Center for Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania, Program in Visual Studies at University of Pennsylvania, Film and Media Arts at Temple University, and Reelblack. Scribe’s Producers Forum Series and Master Classes are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Master Class with Haile Gerima:

Developing an Ethical and Sustainable Practice
Saturday, January 26, 2PM-4PM

Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut St, 3rd Floor
Fee: $25, $15 for Scribe and Reelblack members

How do we as media makers and story tellers develop an ethical and sustainable artistic practice? How can we use film as a way to build our communities socially, politically and economically? Join filmmaker Haile Gerima, as he talks about his own artistic journey as a cultural worker. Drawing from lived examples in producing, writing, directing, and distributing his own works (Bush Mama, Wilmington 10: US 10,000, Sankofa, Teza), Gerima addresses the challenges an independent filmmaker must face in being responsible to community.  This special discussion will look not only look at the creative side of filmmaking, but help participants understand that production and distribution of film is a political and economic endeavor.

Space in this class is limited. More Info & Registration
Join us after the Master Class for a reception in honor of Haile Gerima from 4PM-5PM at Scribe Video Center.
Join us for these L.A. Rebellion Film Screenings Introduced by Haile Gerima

Child of Resistance

and other L.A. Rebellion short films
Saturday, January 26, 5PM
International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street
$9, $7 students/seniors
Bush Mama

Saturday, January 26, 8PM
International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street
$9, $7 students/seniors


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