Dir:  Haile Gerima / Ethiopia, Germany, France /2008 / Colour /  140mins / Amharic

teza_1Synospsis It’s a story about hope and disillusionment, about
foreignness and homeland.Set in 1970s Ethiopia, Teza
(Morning Dew) tells the story of a young Ethiopian as he returns from West Germany 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_3Direction & Screenplay Haile Gerima
Production Haile Gerima, Karl Baumgartner
Cinematography Mario Masini
Editing Haile Gerima, Loren Hankin
Sound Umbe Adan, Stephan Konken
Cast Aaron Arefe, Abeye Tedla, Takelech Beyene, Teje Tesfahun, Nebiyu Baye, Mengistu Zelalem, Wuhib Bayu, Zenahbezu Tsega, Asrate Abrham



  • Amiens IFF -Golden Unicorn, Best Film
  • Dubai IFF -Muhr AsiaAfrica Award, Best Composer
  • Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival -Grand
  • Prize , Etalon de Yennega
  • Rotterdam IFF-Dioraphte Award
  • Thessaloniki FF – Human Values Award
  • Venice FF -Golden Osella, Best Screenplay
  • Signis Award – Honorable Mention, Special Jury Prize
  • Toronto IFF