Set during Mengistu Haile Mariam's 1974-1991 blood-soaked rule in Ethiopia, Haile Gerima's Teza won the top prize at the 2009 Pan-African FESPACO film festival in Burkina Faso. In the film, a medical research scientist trained in Europe returns full of hope to Ethiopia, but once there his efforts are violently put to rest.
Golden Stallion: Teza by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia)
Bronze Stallion: Mascarades by Lyes Salem (Algeria)
Oumarou Ganda Prize: Missa Hebie for The Armchair / Le Fauteuil (Burkina Faso)
Best Actress: Sana Mouziane for Les Jardins de Samira (Morocco)
Best Actor: Rapulana Seiphemo for Jerusalema (South Africa)
Best Screenplay: Mama Keita for L'Absence (Guinea)