New Library Film Series Highlights Acclaimed Filmmaker Haile Gerima

Acclaimed filmmaker and writer Haile Gerima will screen his latest award-winning film, Teza, at the Decatur Library this fall. This will be the inaugural program for DeKalb County Public Library’s new African Films and Filmmakers series. The series is being launched by Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Branch Manager Monica Foderingham. She says its purpose is to “showcase the rich tradition of African filmmaking, which explores the diverse history and culture of the continent through the cinematic lens."

The program featuring Mr. Gerima is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in the library’s auditorium, 215 Sycamore Street, in downtown Decatur. A reception for Mr. Gerima is planned for 4:00 p.m. The film will be screened at 5:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, a professor of film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. since 1975.

Teza is a drama covering three decades in the life of an Ethiopian man anguished about his country’s social and political crises. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “…essential viewing for those interested in African themes.” The New York Times says “It soars thanks to Mr. Gerima’s bracingly direct storytelling.”

Copies of Teza will be available for purchase at the program, along with other films by Mr. Gerima, including his iconic works, Ashes and Embers (1982) and Sankofa (1993). Funding for this program is provided in part by the DeKalb Library Foundation. For additional details, call the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library at 404.286.6980.