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From the filmmakers of Sankofa, and Adwa: An African Victory

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Conceived as a sequel to his prize-winning documentary ADWA: An African Victory, Black Lions, Roman Wolves tells the story of Ethiopia’s response to Italy’s invasion in 1935, forty years after Italy’s defeat at the Battle of Adwa in 1896.

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For several decades, independent Filmmaker Haile Gerima has recorded personal accounts of resistance fighters and documented stories of patriot elders who were first-hand witnesses of the Second Italo-Ethiopian War.

Under the Fascist leadership of Mussolini, they all congregated in Rome, mainly emphasizing avenging the humiliating defeat by black people. The idea was undoubtedly to re-paint that humiliation.

Dejazmach Zewde



Haile Gerima's extensive research for Black Lions, Roman Wolves brings to light extraordinary images and little-known historical footage that weaves together memories of the war with age-old folklore,  war chants, and praise poetry, contouring the communal trauma of the invasion while capturing the collective spirit of resistance that ensured Ethiopia’s victory and enduring independence.

Black Lions, Roman Wolves

Black Lions, Roman Wolves

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