NEGUS is a conceptual feature length documentary directed by the Italian art duo Invernomuto. The film explores the convergence of history, myth and magic through the complex and competing legacies of Ethiopia’s last emperor Hailé Selassié I. In Italy during the fascist rule of Mussolini, Selassié was portrayed as a black devil, justifying Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia. During the same period, Rastafarianism was emerging in Jamaica and claiming him as their living God and the black Christ resurrected.
Language: Italian, English, Amharic
Invernomuto is the name of the artistic personality created in 2003 by Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi. Born in Piacenza, they work and live in Milan. Invernomuto is the author of a series of research projects structured in time and space, from which cycles of interconnected and multi-media works derive.
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