Last July, we reported on “Selma” director Ava DuVernay’s personal Twitter campaign to support influential filmmaker Haile Gerima’s Indegogo campaign for a new film. Now, DuVernay’s film distribution network Array has rereleased his 1982 film “Ashes and Embers,” and you can watch it on Netflix.
Ethiopian-born Gerima cemented his importance to generations of Black filmmakers as a Howard University instructor and L.A. Rebellion member. He is best known for creating the films “Teza” and “Sankofa.” The underrated and lesser-known ”Ashes and Embers” focuses on the struggles of a Black Vietnam War veteran who is simultaneously dealing with his troubled past and politically chaotic present.
Array picked up the film last year and screened it before sold-out audiences in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. in February. There will be more screenings in cities across North America throughout the spring. Check Array’s website to see if it’s coming to your city, or watch it now on Netflix.