This is an epic film of outstanding beauty from prolific director
Haile Gerima (his other films include Hour Glass, Child
of Resistance, Bush Mama and Harvest 3,000 Years.
At times it’s harrowing, other times uplifting. It speaks
volumes about families, politics, social issues. Every aspect
of life is covered and it details the major political events in
Ethiopia over 30 years, tracking the life of Anberber by flashbacks
to his studies and work in Germany and his return to his family
Both visually and verbally poetic; genuine in its coverage of
Ethiopia. There is memorable and pulsating music especially during
the end credits. Right from the start it is a great experience.
There is so much depth and detail to appreciate in this film.
Not surprisingly it has already won several awards in many categories
at film festivals, notably the 2008 Carthage Film Festival. It
is now on DVD, for sale via trigon-films
Months of Sunshine
Inspired by true events, this is an optimistic portrayal ofestablished
Ethiopian immigrant community in USA. The film focuses on Solomon
and Hanna’s marriage of convenience and goes through their
romance and aspirations. Will appeal to Ethiopians in a similar
situation who can relate to themselves or other family members.
Depicts family values, dreams and achievements. When Solomon talks
about coffee it has a deeper meaning too. A double meaning of
the Ethiopian-specific title also becomes evident as the film
Punctuated by appropriate music including 'Home' by Bole 2 Harlem.
This is an amazing, epic, and even edifying film. It explores
issues of identity, culture, religion and abandonment. These issues
are cleverly intertwined with a romantic subplot and beautiful
cinematography, making the result enjoyable and palatable. It
starts in Ethiopia and then there are references back using imagery
at significant moments which one can identify with if one knows
anything about Africa.
Three different actors play the part of Schlomo to show different
stages of his life – as a nine year old, a young teenager
and then a young adult. Schlomo shows resilience and determination
in his circumstances and sometimes needs to express his opinions
– he gets the opportunity to speak but also takes action
when words won’t suffice.
Schlomo’s real mother sends him off to a new life with another
‘mother’, then he also has to cope with having adoptive
parents. He is convinced that he will eventually meet his real
The end may be slightly unrealistic but is nevertheless uplifting.
Review by Anne and Esther Wanjie