Imperfect Journey (Ethiopia: 1994)


Haile Gerima


Writer:  Haile Gerima


The documentary IMPERFECT JOURNEY introduces the people Gerima and Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski encounter as they survey the country. Their emerging narrative voices are Ethiopia's collective conscience. Many of the stories are harrowing but always thought provoking: mothers whose sons have been murdered by the junta; hooded men who tell of the continuing oppression even of the current regime. Successive governments have always massacred students and officials of prior administrations. A professor points out that the university in Addis Ababa has always been portrayed as a hotbed of opposition by each regime: a communist breeding ground in Haile Selassie's political scheme; reactionaries in the junta's; ethnic chauvinists for the present administration - which claims to embrace national unity. (

Academic Articles:

Hutchinson, Sharon, and Bruce Wiegand. “Gerima’s Imperfect Journey: No End in Sight.” American Anthropologist 100.1 (1998): 169-171. Here

Reid, Mark A. “Haile Gerima.” Contemporary American independent film: From the margins to the mainstream (2005): 141. Here

Graham, Laura R. “Eye on the Amazon: Brazilian Indians, the state, and global culture.” American anthropologist 100.1 (1998): 163-169. Here

Turner, Diane D., and Muata Kamdibe. “Haile Gerima In Search of an Africana Cinema.” Journal of Black Studies 38.6 (2008): 968-991. Here

Jackson Jr, John L. “Decolonizing the Filmic Mind: An Interview with Haile Gerima.” Callaloo 33.1 (2010): 25-36. Here

Hedges, Inez. “Black independent film: An interview with Haile Gerima.” (1996): 119-127. Here

GRAHAM, LAURA R. “film Review Essays.” American Anthropologist 100.1 (1998). Here

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