January 25, 1994 |
To complete their feature film on slavery, independent producers Haile Gerima and Shirikiana Aina pleaded for foundation grants, bartered for plane tickets and lodging and charged supplies on their credit cards. They finished the film near the end of last year for less than $1 million. But making "Sankofa" was the easy part.
August 25, 1993
The second annual Pan African Film Festival, the nation's largest black international film festival, will held Oct. 7-15 at the Sunset 5 at Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards in West Hollywood. Among the films already lined up is "Simeon," the latest film by Euzhan Palcy, director of "Sugar Cane Alley" and "Dry White Season."
October 3, 2011
In the director's chair Here's a look at three talents from the "L.A. Rebellion" period: Julie Dash Dash is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her feature "Daughters of the Dust," which is part of the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Charles Burnett The director's lauded first full-length feature, 1977's "Killer of Sheep," was written as his UCLA master's thesis. Haile Gerima The Ethiopian-born Gerima took his 1993 film "Sankofa" to 35 different cities himself when he couldn't find a distributor.
June 18, 1993 |
F ollowing are The Times' recommendations for today's schedule of the American Film Institute International Film Festival, with commentary by the film reviewing staff. All screenings , unless otherwise noted, are at Laemmle's Sunset 5, 800 Sunset Blvd. Information: (213) 466-1767. Recommended: "SANKOFA"(U.S./Germany/Ghana/Burkina Faso; Haile Gerima; 9 p.m., Director's Guild of America).
September 24, 2010 |
Haile Gerima's "Teza" throws you in the deep end and cares little if you swim. The scope of its events is epic; its perception epically narrow. It's a fragmented view of about 20 years of extremely turbulent times in Ethiopia, as seen through the eyes of a seemingly anhedonic intellectual who spends much of the film out of the country. For Americans who have paid little attention to the terrible undulations of power and seemingly endless civil war in countries such as Ethiopia, much of the strife in the film will be only vaguely understood: Marxist idealists abroad celebrate the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974, only to find the brave new world to be full of chaos and brutality.
August 6, 1990 |
Charles Burnett's astonishing "Killer of Sheep" opens a weeklong series of films commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Watts riots tonight at 6 at Keck Auditorium of Drew University in Watts. The 1978 film is a beautiful and anguished documentary-like account of several days in the life of an L.A. slaughterhouse worker (wonderfully played by Henry Gayle-Sanders) and his family.