Djon África

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Djon África

Directed by João Miller Guerra

  • Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde 2018; 95 min
  • Original version: Portuguese
  • Genre: Drama
    • FIPRESCI Award and Honourable Mention - Uruguay IFF

  • New Directors/New Films

    San Francisco FF
    Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay
    Olhar de Cinema IFF


Miguel – alias Tibars, alias Djon África, born and raised in Portugal – is a kindhearted Rastafarian who loves women and lives a carefree life. If anyone criticises him, he quotes the old Frank Sinatra song: "I do it 'My Way'." Until one day a stranger tells him he's the spitting image of his father, "a player and a crook". His father, whom he never even knew! This intriguing discovery makes him change tack. Particularly when his grandmother, who always took care of him, finally tells him more. About how his father was in prison; how sad Miguel was as a toddler when he couldn't see him; how his father was banished to Cape Verde. Miguel goes there to visit him. Who is this man? Oscillating between playful and melancholy in tone, a capricious odyssey unfolds at a calm pace, with unexpected twists and colourful meetings, drawing Miguel into the city’s nightlife and the solitude of the countryside. Peregrinations that not only show him Cape Verde – including an introduction to the secrets of the national drink, grogue – but also raise questions about his identity, where he belongs and where he is heading.



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