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Uprising: The Spirit of ‘68

Sambizanga

+ intro by Annouchka de Andrade

A desperate wife hunts for her missing husband across villages and prisons to learn of his fate.

We are pleased to announce that this screening will now be introduced by Annouchka de Andrade, daughter of director Sarah Maldoror.

Image from Sambizanga

Angola-France 1972
Dir Sarah Maldoror
With Domingos de Oliveira, Elisa Andrade, Jean M’Vondo
102min
16mm
English subtitles

On the eve of the Angolan War of Independence, a revolutionary is arrested and brutally beaten. But crucially, this tale of anti-colonial struggle then continues through the eyes of a woman: his angry and desperate wife Maria, as she struggles to locate him from village to village and police station to prison. Filmed in the DRC, this is one of the first African features directed by a woman, and is an essential companion piece to The Battle of Algiers, which Maldoror assisted on.

Print courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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