An interview with Haile Gerima
This is an extract from an interview the Paris based Les novelless d’Addis has made with Haile Gerima.
.Yes. Self-exiled. Not necessarily….As I said the historical circumstances all contribute within my own character, my own traits. It could be I cannot accept the types of government, I cannot accept the kinds of conservative social context or to be unable to express oneself, etc. Not that I am better off in the United States. I am not. I do not like the weather. I do not like the climate. I do not have money there. I do not get money from my films in America and mostly cultivate in very long term European finance. It is just the fact that nobody cares about me in the United States to take me as a threat or as a formidable enemy or… In our third world countries the problem was mostly that intellectuals like me were fundamentally cowards. I am unable to cope with all kinds of the lack of liberty, not from government only, individual, social, etc.
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