Born on 4 March 1946, Gondor, Ethiopia, he arrived in the United States to study acting and directing at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois. He later transferred to the Theater Department at UCLA where he completed the Master's Program in Film. Afterward, he relocated to Washington, DC, to teach at Howard University's Department of Radio, Television, and Film where he has influenced young filmmakers for over twenty-five years.
Gerima's unique filmmaking aesthetic is coupled with a personal mission to correct long-held misconceptions about African peoples' varied histories throughout the world; for this reason, he is considered--by colleagues and students alike--to be a master teacher in the classroom and behind the camera.
• Teza -2008
• Adwa -1999
• Sankofa -1993
• After Winter: Sterling Brown (documentary) -1985
• Ashes and Embers-1982
• Bush Mama-1979
• Wilmington 10 - U.S.A. 10,000 (documentary) -1979
• Harvest 3000 years-1976
• Child of Resistance-1973