Adwa an African Victory

  • Adwa
Genre : Historical
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1999
Format : Feature
Running time : 97 (in minutes)

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 throughout the world.

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.

Adwa: An African Victory takes you through a transforming rite of passage linking contemporary Africans in Africa and the Diaspora with the early founders of the Pan-African movement.

(The Only Authorized DVD)
A Film by Haile Gerima
A Negod Gwad Production
In Co-Production with ZDF/ARTE

Distributed by Mypheduh Films
Produced, Directed and Edited by: Haile Gerima
Production Manager: Solomon Bekele
Director of Cinematography: Agustin Cubano
Sound: Albert Bailey
Traditional music arrangement: Mulatu Astatke
Graphic Design: Robel Kassa.
Web Design & Subtitles: Teddy Desta

Format: DVD (Color)
Duration: 97minutes
Genre: Drama
Year: 1999


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  • Groupe 30 Afrique
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  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
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  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
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  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
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