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GRANDPA WAS AN EMPEROR
ART OF IMPACT | BAY AREA PREMIERE
Director CONSTANCE MARKS (US 2021) 93 min
The soul-stirring images of Ethiopia’s famine crisis imprinted many Western minds in the Seventies and Eighties. Unbeknownst to many, this mass starvation led to the fall of a 3000-year-old royal dynasty, whose lineage is traced to the legendary figures of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. In this fascinating and intimate journey of exploration, executive produced by Emmy® winning actor Cynthia Erivo, Yeshi Kassa retraces the turbulent fall from grace of her great-grandfather Emperor Haile Selassie. She looks for answers to her intricate lineage in conversations with family friends such as musician Bob Marley, survivors, and members of the overthrowing militant coup faction, The Derg. Director Constance Marks shapes an emotional investigative story from Yeshi’s quest to seek justice for her family and her beloved country.
SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
FRIDAY, MAY 6 • 6:00 PM
$14 MEMBERS | $16.50 GENERAL
CONSTANCE MARKS (Producer, Director) is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. She is the founder and president of Constance Marks Productions, Inc., a documentary production company based in New York City. Marks began her filmmaking career over 35 years ago as an assistant editor for the renowned Cinema Verite pioneers, David and Albert Maysles. Marks’ critically acclaimed films have been shown theatrically, broadcast widely, and garnered numerous awards.
|RUNNING TIME:||93 min|
|PRODUCERS:||Constance Marks, Corinne LaPook
Executive Producers: Cynthia Erivo, Solome Williams
|CINEMATOGRAPHERS:||Barney Broomfield, Kyle I. Kelley, Richard Chisolm|
|EDITOR:||Bob Eisenhardt A.C.E.|
|NOTE WRITER:||Michelle Svenson|