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“Man of the Millennium” – Message from the Director
Although no longer in power, Emperor Haile Selassie I, is still feared by many political figures as if he still were. This great diplomat, political leader, and man of extraordinary character is considered to be the Father of Africa and one of many Ethiopian Kings who truly dignified the country. The heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to the 13th century, and from there by tradition back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history. More than 30 years have passed since he was last seen, not considering the sighting by Rastafarian believers who praise him as a religious figure.
After completing this project, I cherish my Rastafarian brothers and sisters even more.
For years they have held my homeland Ethiopia and her true flag in high esteem, even as we Ethiopian natives have been busy destroying our own history and studying foreign ideologies. I recognize and respect the Rastafarian religious movement and the power of religion in general, but the basis of my argument is not religious. For me, itís a question of history, dignity, and the respect of oneself. Why are we so afraid of his history? Why can’t we speak of him? Admittedly, he was not a perfect man. We cannot change history or undo what has been done. Still, his legacy is too great to be ignored. He deserves to be mentioned. The new generation should not be robbed of the knowledge of him.
Man of the Millennium is a feature documentary that attempts to link the past and the present. It is a film about a king and the new generation trying to discover hidden parts of history. A film that gives past figures a voice to tell what they witnessed. It is not just a biographical documentary. It is a film where you find the new generation struggling to catch up with the past. You will witness the true life experience of artists creating songs and films about issues that are considered by some to be politically undignified, but those that I consider to be history; a history that must be told. I am not a historian. I am just a simple filmmaker eager to know about this king. I am inviting you to accompany me on my journey to discover history. I have waited too long…and I believe the time has come for what I know is right. The time has come to know His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie.