Independence
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    Independence

    Independência

    Directed by

    Angola

    2015

    105 min

    • Portuguese

    Documentary

    On November 11, 1975 Angola proclaimed independence, 14 years after the beginning of the armed struggle against Portuguese colonial rule. The Salazar regime refused to negotiate with the independence workers, who were left with clandestine rule, prison or exile. When almost all of Africa celebrated the end of colonial empires, Angola and the other Portuguese colonies followed a very different destiny. Only after the military coup of April 25, 1974 overthrew the regime, did Portugal recognize the right of the peoples of the colonies to self-determination.

    The years of struggle evoked in INDEPENDÊNCIA determined Angola's course after 1975. Political options, internal conflicts and international alliances began to take shape during the anti-colonial struggle. The main organizations (FNLA and MPLA and, later, UNITA) never made a common front and their contradictions were amplified by the context of the Cold War. Independence was already proclaimed in a climate of war, but with great emotion and pride, as it is told in the film.

    Credits

    Cast
    Kalaf Epalanga
    Elisângela Rita
    Screenplay
    Fradique
    Paulo Lara
    Maria da Conceição Neto
    Cinematography
    Kamy Lara
    Editing
    Fradique
    Charles Alexander Ucha Juncal
    Kamy Lara
    Music
    Victor Gama
    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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