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TWILIGHT REVELATIONS: Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor Haile Selassie - Sheba Film Festival 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 07:30pm
Director: Yemane I. Demissie (Ethiopia / USA 2009), 58 min, Eng

Ethiopia’s last emperor Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975) is to this day revered by the million-strong Rastafarian community. Yemane I Demissie’s documentary shows us the man behind the myth. Mixed with archive footage and photographs of Selassie taken during official functions, are comments of former members of the imperial administration describing their leader as a man who deeply loved his country. Further testimonies from his grandson and daughter-in-law depict a family man who doted on his grandchildren. In mixing history with family stories, political comment with personal memories, Demissie signs here a moving and insightful portrait of a defining figure in African history.