Haile Gerima was born in Gondar, Ethiopia. As a child, he acted in his father’s troupe, performing across Ethiopia. In 1967 Gerima moved to the United States and two years later enrolled in the University of California at Los Angeles drama school. There he became familiar with the ideas of black American leader Malcolm X and wrote plays about slavery and black militancy. After reading the revolutionary theory of Third Cinema, however, Gerima began to experiment with film. Gerima returned to Ethiopia in 1974 to film Harvest: 3,000 Years his first full length film and the only one of his works to be shot in Africa Although famine and the recent military overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie I placed severe restrictions on the film crew the final result was a sophisticated examination through the story of a village that finally overthrows its feudal landlord of the centuries ...
film critic, author, and lecturer with often controversial and contrarian views on film, was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest of seven children. He and his siblings grew up during the civil rights era in the northwest part of the city at a time when the neighborhood was predominantly Jewish. His father did a number of jobs, including working at Ford Motor Factory and playing piano, and attempted to own a gas station and a pool hall. White grew up in a family of movie fans, and classic films like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and The Long Hot Summer (1958) piqued his interest in film, along with international films—from Italian directors like Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, and Luchino Visconti—that White could watch on Canadian television, which was available in his Detroit home.
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