Haile Selassie documentary to be screened in New York

Elias Kifle | January 18th, 2008

NEW YORK – (JIS), A documentary about the life of Emperor Haile Selassie1 of Ethiopia will be screened in New York City for the first time on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the Oberia Dempsey Center (127 West 127th Street), in Harlem, NY.

Written and produced by 28 year old Ethiopian native Tikher Teferra, “Man of the Millennium”, as the docu-flick is titled, offers footage never before seen about Haile Selassie 1.

The documentary will offer viewers a chance to “set the record straight”.

“This film uniquely provides Ethiopians at home and abroad and locals with the history to prepare for their future. It is a must see for all. ‘Man of the Millennium’ is a candid presentation of facts, yet highly entertaining. Audiences will walk away thoroughly informed about Emperor Haile Selassie 1 of Ethiopia,” notes a statement from 4th Avenue Films, collaborators with Exodus Films on the New York screening.

Voted Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1930, Haile Selassie visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966 and was greeted upon his arrival at then Palisados Airport in Kingston by an estimated 100, 000 Rastafarians from across the country, having heard that the man whom they considered to be God was coming to visit them .

He died on August 27, 1975 following complications from an operation.

To this day, Haile Selassie is still seen as the Black Messiah who will lead the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora to freedom.

A promising filmmaker, Teferra’s other film project, “Back to my Roots-Living in Zion”, has been chosen as one of several films on Reggae and Rastafari that will be featured at the Reggae Film Festival in Kingston, Jamaica, in February 2008 (Black History Month).

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