Directors: Filipa César

  • COUNTRY : Germany, Portugal, France, Guinea-Bissau


The image in the film is in black and white, upside down, projected into a black box that then becomes the frame. It hovers like a time capsule near a man's face. He looks down, listening in on a female guerrilla fighter and translating her words from Fulani. A 16-mm film glides through the man's hands and is transferred to a laptop screen frame by frame.In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Guinea-Bissau. On the verge of complete deterioration, the recovered footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amílcar Cabral, the liberation leader who was assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with Guinean filmmakers Sana na N'Hada and Flora Gomes, as well as many allies, director Filipa César imagines a journey in which the fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel through which to view the present. Digitised in Berlin, and screened with live commentary, the archive evokes debates, storytelling, and forecasts about the future. From isolated villages in Guinea-Bissau to European capitals, the silent reels have become the place where people search for solutions to a world in crisis.

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