The Power Plant

Imperfect Journey, part of the film series Resistance & Revolution: The Cinema of Haile Gerima

Mon Apr 08 2019

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St West

Image of Haile Gerima, courtesy the speaker.

Monday, 8 April 2019, 6PM

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
TPP & Hot Docs Silver Members $6 | Public $ 11.50

Dir. Haile Gerima
1994 | 88 min

In this BBC commissioned film, Haile Gerima and Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski travel around Ethiopia talking to people about their political and psychic recovery of the Ethiopian people after the atrocities and political repression, or "red terror," of the military junta of Mengistu Haile Mariam. What are citizens’ current situations, and what do they feel needs to be done for liberty and prosperity?

The screening will be introduced by Nadine Valcin, a Toronto-based, award-winning filmmaker whose work deals with questions of race, language and identity. Her diverse practice includes documentary, fiction and immersive narratives.

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.

More films in this Series

Harvest: 3,000 Years


Special Screening: Sankofa


For more information on the Resistance & Revolution: The Cinema of Haile Gerima film series, please contact programs[at]