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The Teshome Gabriel Memorial Award

Established in 2010, the fellowship has been endowed by the former UCLA TFT professor's widow and children

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) is honored to announce the endowment of the Teshome Gabriel Memorial Award, made possible by a generous gift from his widow, Maaza Woldemusie and his children Mediget and Tsegaye Teshome. The Teshome Gabriel Memorial Award was established in 2010 to support graduate and doctoral candidates in Cinema and Media Studies and their research/travel in the area of emerging and diaspora cinemas, or the study of film, television and technology and their relation to social change in Africa.

Teshome H. Gabriel began teaching Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA TFT in 1974 and was closely associated with UCLA's African Studies Center. Gabriel was an internationally recognized authority on Third World and post-colonial cinema, and was a pioneering scholar and activist.

"He was a brilliant, gracious, elegant and generous man," said Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. "Teshome was a consummate professional and a truly beloved faculty member at TFT."

Gabriel's books include Third Cinema in the Third World: The Aesthetic of Liberation and Otherness and the Media: The Ethnography of the Imagined and the Imaged. He also published numerous articles and was founding director of several journals, including Emergencies and the Ethiopian Fine Arts Journal. Gabriel's influential 1990 essay "Nomadic Aesthetic and the Black Independent Cinema" received an Opus Award from the Village Voice for "charting out a genuinely new theory of black cinema." The term "nomadic aesthetic," which Gabriel coined, has come to be widely used in critical discussions of the art, music and literature of the Third World. "The principal characteristic of Third Cinema," Gabriel wrote, "is not so much where it is made, or even who makes it, but rather, the ideology it espouses. The Third Cinema is that cinema of the Third World which stands opposed to imperialism and class oppression in all their ramifications and manifestations."

This award is one of several hundred funds that support UCLA TFT students and their training.

Posted: October 6, 2016