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Isaias Tsegay: Proficient Master of the Literature of the Eye – Mebrahtu Asfaha
The year 2012 has been, ‘annus horribilis’, for the Eritrean artists. Although death is a natural phenomenon and an inevitable aspect of life; nevertheless, it is depriving us of our most talented, experienced and brightest artists one after another.
Just this month we lost two prominent personalities in the Eritrean art community. One is Isaias Tsegay whom over the years we have come to equate as the father of Eritrean cinematography, and the other is one the most influential literary figure in Eritrea Mr. Beyene Haile see here . It was also last year in September that we lost the Giant of Eritrean Literature Memhir Musa Aron see here
Isaias Tsegay is well known for his profound poetry such as Lemin Leminey and others, but he rose into public prominence with his epic films such as “Milenu”, Timali, Guya, and Fikrin Kuinatin. This is because film acknowledges no border or boundary. It eludes linguistic and cultural confines. It merges fact and fancy. The makers of film beget small worlds of frozen thoughts and universal dreams that mirror life as lived and as imagined everywhere.
Since independence, Eritreans have influenced film production in Africa pre-eminently. Isaias Tsegay is such an Eritrean who has invested much of his life in passionate devotion to the magic art and mystery of this forever craft.
He has applied his particular Eritrean vision to a remarkable range of important issues and ideals to bring forth sensuous films of substance and content – films that are paradoxically both comfortable unnerving as we are invited to cross the portals of his imagination.
Perfection is not an exaggeration when applied to his cinematographic production where he cared deeply to the script and minute details of film production. He applied innovative visual flair and unconventional staging when he was filming “Milenu” for instance; he has drawn finely crafted works from ordinary stories to provide intimate portraits of private souls such as Fikrin Kuinatin. His films are singular in reach and style and reflect an artist who seeks to learn through each act of cinematic creation.
I hope through his remarkable cinematographic production, new generations of Eritrean artists of the magic lantern will sharpen their skills in the building of ingenious and marketable castles in the air.
Meanwhile, let us celebrate the life of Isaias Tsegay, talented and faithful Eritrean, accomplished and skillful teller of tales and proficient master of the literature of the eye.
State of Eritrea ሃገረ ኤርትራ Hagere Ertra دولة إرتريا
Anthem: Ertra, Ertra, Ertra Eritrea, Eritrea, Eritrea
Capital (and largest city) Asmara
15°20′N 38°55′E / 15.333°N 38.917°E / 15.333; 38.917
Official language(s) Tigrinya, Arabic, English Other languages Tigre, Saho, Bilen, Afar, Kunama, Nara, Hedareb,.
Ethnic groups 60% Tigrinya, 30% Tigre, 4% Afar, 3% Saho, 3% Kunama
Demonym Eritrean Government Provisional government
- President Isaias Afewerki
- From Italy November 1941
- From United Kingdom under UN Mandate 1951
- from Ethiopia de facto 24 May 1991
- From Ethiopia de jure 24 May 1993
- Total 117,600 km2 (100th)
45,405 sq mi - Water (%) 0.14%
- 2009 estimate 5,224,000 (109th)
- 2008 census 5,291,370
- Density 43.1/km2 (165th)
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
- Total $3.625 billion
- Per capita $681
GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate
- Total $2.117 billion
- Per capita $397
HDI (2007) steady 0.472 (low) (165th)
Currency Nakfa (ERN)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
- Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+3)
Drives on the right
ISO 3166 code ER
Internet TLD .er
Calling code 291
1 ,. National TV: Eritrea Television (ERI-TV)
Eritrea (play /ˌɛrɨˈtreɪ.ə/ or /ˌɛrɨˈtriːə/; Ge'ez: ኤርትራ ʾErtrā, Arabic: إرتريا Iritrīyā), officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. The capital is Asmara. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The northeast and east of the country has an extensive coastline on the Red Sea, directly across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands are part of Eritrea. Eritrea's size is approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi) with an estimated population of 6 million...