Africanized

Director: Theo Eshetu
Country: Italy and Ethiopia
Year: 2002
Running Time: 35 min.
Language: English

Capture

Although it was made using a small, digital camera, this film confronts the big themes of global communication and the relationship to the “other.” While traveling in Africa, Europe, Asia, and America, Eshetu observed a variety of celebratory moments and states of consciousness. When these situations “Africanized,” his treatment demonstrates how instincts prevail over logic, passion conquers reason, and rhythm conveys a story.

About the Director

Theo Eshetu

Biography: Theo Eshetu was born in London in 1958 and spent part of his childhood in Ethiopia. He received a degree in Communication Design from North East London Polytechnic and has been working as a video artist and photographer in Italy since 1982. He established White Light Productions in 1986, intending to innovate television programming, and has since received several prizes for his work, including the First Prize at the 1993 Berlin Video Festival for Travelling Light. He works with documentary formats, experimental film, video installations, and photography; covering a wide range of subject matter. He seeks to promote a subjective, personal, and art-based approach to a medium that is now associated with mass communication.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.112)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Blood Is Not Fresh Water (2000);
Brave New World (2003);
Africanized (2003);
Body and Soul V.3 (2006);
Lightning Strikes (2010).

Filmography:
Rites of Passage (1983);
Thunder and Lightning (1983);
Another Time Another Place (1984);
My Better Half (1984);
La Morte in diretta (1984);
Back to Zero (1985);
That’s Life [Questa è vita] (1986);
L’Altro Mondo (1987);
Seshoku (1987);
Nativity (1989);
La Madonna di Theo Eshetu (1990);
Travelling Light (1992);
La Nascita di Dionisio (1994);
One for You, One for Me and One for Raffael (1994);
Mass Memory (1994);
Horses [Cavalli] (1994);
Flying with Birds [Volare con gli uccelli] (1995);
Sogno della città ideale (1995);
Art Is Easy [L’arte è facile] (1996);
Anima e corpo version 1 (1996);
Blood Is Not Fresh Water (1997);
Brave New World (1999);
Ways to a Void (2000);
Africanized (2002);
Body and Soul V.3 (2004);
An Extraordinary Event (2006);
The Return of the Axum Obelisk (2009);
Lightning Strikes (2010);
Veiled Woman on a Beachfront (2011);
The Festival of Sacrifice (2012).