Synopsis by Mark Deming
One man's journey through three decades of political uproar in Ethiopia sets the stage for this independent historical drama from director Haile Gerima. Anberber (Aaron Arefe) was born and raised in Ethiopia, but he became disillusioned with the poverty and political turmoil of his country, and in the 1970s he relocated to Germany to study medicine. As Anberber completed his medical training in Europe, he planned to return to Ethiopia and use his knowledge to help battle disease and raise the standard of living at home. But when he arrived in 1989, just as the collapse of the Berlin Wall was changing the face of global politics, he found an Ethiopia in even worse straits than when he left. Haile Mariam Mengistu became the nation's ruler in the wake of a revolution that brought down Haile Selassie, but while his socialist policies promised a better life for everyone, Mengistu's regime had become bitterly oppressive, and Anberber comes to believe that his knowledge is useless in helping the people around him. Teza was an official selection at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.
Ethiopia, homeland, medical-student, medicine, regime, return, revolution, village