In Luanda, in the middle of the pandemic, three street vendors and two street kids struggle to get by. Their tough lives start to chip away at their most remarkable trait: the ability to hold fast to their dignity and dreams.
In cooperation with: Camões, Portugiesisch-Brasilianisches Institut der Universität zu Köln
NZINGA NGOLA Direction: Antestreia Mundial, DCP, OF m. engl. UT, 24 min
Fradique is one of the stand-out directors of contemporary Angolan cinema. He studied film in the USA and is one of the founders of the production company Geração80, which was also involved in creating the dance film PARA LÁ DOS MEUS PASSOS, featured on the programme for this year’s festival.
The 14th Afrika Film Festival featured his documentary INDEPENDÊNCIA, about the armed struggle for liberation in Angola, which is built upon many years of research with witnesses from the period and won the national prize for Angolan film culture. Since then, he has produced music videos for Angolan artists such as Nástio Mosquito and Aline Frazão. In 2020, he shot his first feature film, AR CONDICIONADO, which got him invited to the Rotterdam International Film Festival. The creative film artist Fradique is one of the ‘Berlinale Talents’ and is already working on his second feature film THE KINGDOM OF CASUARINAS, which will be completed in 2022.
For this year’s festival, he has gladly taken over the patronage and will present the films CONSTELAÇÕES DO EQUADOR, NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS as well as the lusophone short film programmes.
Kamy Lara grew up in Luanda and studied audiovisual media and multimedia at the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social (ESCS) in Lisbon. In 2010, she returned to Angola and joined “Geração 80” for the project ANGOLA – NOS TRILHOS DA INDEPENDÊNCIA. She directed all five of the project’s films. She also collaborated with Fradique to co-direct SÃO NICOLAU – ELES NÃO ESQUECERAM and ANGOLA – NOS TRILHOS DA INDEPENDÊNCIA, and was the sole director of MULHERES DE ARMAS. In 2019, she made her first feature, PARA LÁ DOS MEUS PASSOS, which was shown at the 2021 Afrika Film Festival Köln. She was the assistant director for NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS.
Ery Claver, one of Angola’s most versatile filmmakers, began his career as a cinematographer on numerous television shows and documentaries. In 2013, he joined “Geração 80” and honed his camera style with the short films CONCRETE AFFECTION – ZOPO LADY (2014) and HAVEMOS DE VOLTAR (2017). He has directed several short films, including LÚCIA NO CÉU COM SEMÁFOROS (2018) and ENÓQUIO QUE NÃO TINHA CORAÇÃO (2020), which have been screened at international festivals including the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Claver took over the cinematography on the award-winning film AR CONDICIONADO (2020) and shot his first feature film NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS (OUR LADY OF THE CHINESE SHOP) in 2022.