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Haile Gerima is Having a Hollywood Moment. It’s Left Him Conflicted

An eminence grise of the independent cinema world, filmmaker Haile Gerima has long spurned Hollywood as a cesspool that hinders true artistry in film. In an interesting turn of events, Hollywood’s new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is honoring him with an award and a retrospective of his work, which has naturally left him with mixed emotions. For decades Haile Gerima has blazed a trail outside of the Hollywood system, building a legacy that looms large over American and African independent cinema.