In 1896, Ethiopia, largely armed with spears and knives, defeats a well-equipped and organized Italian military bent on colonization. On March 2, 1896, the Italians embarked on the final European conquest of an African nation, Ethiopia. With brilliant military intelligence and gallant generals at the helm, united and willed, the Ethiopian people rose their way to triumph over the Italians at the Battle of Adwa. The event ignited a lasting flame of hope, of freedom and independence in the hearts of African people. Haile Gerima, the director and producer of this important historic landmark, joins the voices of Ethiopian historians, elders, priests, poets and singers, capturing on film the powerful education and experience that shaped his consciousness. In a collage of Ethiopian landscapes, paintings, photographs and faces, the film illuminates one of the hidden sources of African empowerment.

Original Title Adwa
German Title Adwa
French Title Adwa
Other Titles Adwa
Directed by Haile Gerima
Country Ethiopia
Available Formats
Screenplay Haile Gerima
Film Editing Haile Gerima
Production Mypheduh Film
Runtime 97 Min.
Language Amharisch, Englisch
Actors
Dokumentarfilm

Adwa – Ein afrikanischer Sieg nimmt den Zuschauer mit durch einen beeindruckenden Initiationsritus, der Afrikaner/innen auf dem Kontinent und in der Diaspora mit den frühen Begründern der panafrikanischen Bewegung verbindet.
Sankofa

»Die echte Kraft von „Adwa – Ein afrikanischer Sieg“ kommt durch die Worte der Alten und Jungen, die durch 100 Jahre orale Überlieferung vom militärischen Sieg Äthiopiens erfahren haben.»
Washington Post

«Haile Gerimas “Adwa” ist qualitative hochwertig, künstlerisch gründlich, historisch relevant (...)  Er macht keinen Hehl daraus, dass er sich sein Wissen über die Zeit auf dem Schoss seines Vaters sitzend angeeignet hat. Um die Lücken zu füllen interviewt er den berühmten äthiopischen Historiker Ato Gebre-Tsadik Mokria, einige männliche azawunts und Ato Indreas Ishete, einer von Äthiopiens ersten westlich ausgebildeten Philosophen.»
Lillu Tesfa, Review

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