Teza (Haile Gerima, 2008)

Join us for our series of free screenings to accompany the exhibition Things Fall Apart.

Set in 1970s Ethiopia, Teza (Morning Dew) tells the story of a young Ethiopian as he returns from West Germany as a postgraduate. Anberber comes back to a country at the height of the Cold War and under the Marxist regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam. Working in a health institution, he witnesses a brutal murder and finds himself at odds with the revolutionary party running the country. He is ordered by the regime to take up a post in East Germany and uses this opportunity to escape to the West until the Berlin Wall falls and Ethiopia’s military regime is overthrown.

Now aged 60, Anberber finally returns to his home village. Although he finds comfort from his ageing mother, he feels alienated from those around him by his absence from home for so long and is disillusioned and haunted by his past.

Teza won the highest award at the 2009 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, Special Jury and Best Screenplay awards at the 65th Venice Film Festival, and awards in five categories at  the Carthage International Film Festival in Tunisia.

**Gerima’s Teza is part of a series of curated film screenings that accompany Things Fall Apart, expanding on some of the themes explored in the exhibition. Read more about the film programme here.