Director: Flora Gomes
Country: Guinea-Bissau
Year: 1992
Duration: 90 min



 Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre  26 July 2015  18:00 PM

Black President is Kudzi’s personal story, seen from the perspective of another young African artist also battling with themes of identity, displacement, dislocation and significance. Tackling what should be every man's politics: “Where in the world, who in the world and what in the world, am I?”

The Blue Eyes of Yonta, directed by pioneering filmmaker Flora Gomes, is one of the early films to emerge from the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau, a beautiful and rarely-seen classic. It follows the story of Yonta, a young girl who secretly falls in love with an older friend of her parents, Vicente, a disillusioned hero of Guinea-Bissau’s independence struggle against Portugal, so despondent that he doesn’t notice Yonta’s infatuation. Yonta, representative of the young, hopeful and fashionable generation who has grown up since liberation, for her part is unaware of the attentions of a secret admirer, a poor student from the country who sends her anonymous love letters. An endearing, moving and surprising love story, set against the vibrant backdrop of Bissau, capital of Guinea-Bissau.

Flora Gomes was born in Cadique, Guinea-Bissau. He studied cinema in Cuba before receiving instruction on newsreel production in Senegal and working as a journalist. His film Udju Azul di Yonta (The Blue Eyes of Yonta), was elected for Un certain regard at Cannes.

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