Spell Reel

Filipa César’s documentary following the rediscovery of the revolutionary cinema of Guinea-Bissau and its role in reclaiming national memory.


Dir-Scr Filipa César
Prod Filipa César, Olivier Marboeuf, Maria João Mayer
With Flora Gomes, Anita Fernandez, Sana Na N’Hada
Prod Co Spectre Productions

This debut feature from Portuguese artist Filipa César is a powerful reflection on cinema’s role in the creation and legacy of West African political history and national identity. Spell Reel follows the process to preserve the history of revolutionary cinema in Guinea-Bissau, particularly the work of filmmakers Sana Na N’Hada, Flora Gomes, José Bolama Cobumba and Josefina Crato, which documented Guinea-Bissau’s war of independence from Portugal. César follows the process by which a country’s fragile artistic and social history begins to be reclaimed.

Benjamin Cook

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Filipa César, Director

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

See our salon event Experimenta Salon with Filipa César and Narimane Mari.