Alambamento
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    Alambamento

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    Angola, Egypt, USA

    2010

    15 min

    • Portuguese

    Drama

    When Matias goes to deliver his dowry to his fiance's father, an unexpected accident makes him realize how much he is willing to fight for her love.

    Matias' family has prepared a sizable dowry, or Alambamento, for his future wife Mena's family, as is customary in Angola. When he drives his cousin's Toyota to deliver it to Mena in the rough shantytown where she lives, he accidentally hits a young boy who is playing soccer. The town's people quickly gather around Matias to take retribution, and he panics both for his own safety and for the safety of his dowry. Mena's father, Tixico, starts taking as much of the dowry out of Matias' Toyota as he can knowing full well the corrupt police and local folk will help themselves if he doesn't. In order to help Matias out of danger or appearing responsible for the accident, the police expect him to pay up.

    Credits

    Cast
    Correia Adão
    Marieta Cabuço
    Dom Petro Dikota.
    Screenplay
    Fradique
    Cinematography
    Jay I. Patel
    Editing
    Greg Whitlow
    Production
    GERACAO 80
    Fradique

    Fradique

    Angola

    Making films is process of discovery and sharing for me. It gives me chance to express and act in meaningfully way. I believe in a cinema of the senses, where we can feel, be taken away by the profound and the silent disquiet of our lives.

    (1986, Angola) Fradique studied cinema in the USA and is one of the founders of Geração 80, an independent production company in Luanda, Angola, which focuses on author cinema. After the short film ALAMBAMENTO (2010), he directed the documentary INDEPENDENCE (2015), screened at several international film festivals and winner of Angola’s National Culture Prize for Cinema. It was recognised as a remarkable step towards recovering Angola's collective memory. In addition, he has directed art-house music videos for Angolan artists such as Nástio Mosquito and Aline Frazão. He is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent programme and the Realness African Screenwriting Residency. His first fiction film, AIR CONDITIONER (2020), just premiered at the IFF Rotterdam 2020. Currently he’s developing his next film THE KINGDOM OF CASUARINAS (2022).

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