Spell Reel

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    Spell Reel

    Directed by

    Germany, Portugal, France, Guinea-Bissau


    96 min

    • French
    • English
    • Creole
    • Portuguese

    In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruination, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amí­lcar Cabral, the liberation leader assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N'Hada and Flora Gomes, and many allies, Filipa César imagines a journey where the fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel to look through. Digitised in Berlin, screened and live commented, the archive convokes debates, storytelling, and forecasts. From isolated villages in Guinea-Bissau to European capitals, the silent reels are now the place from where people search for antidotes for a world in crisis.


    • Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award Special Mention - San Sebastián IFF



    Sana na N'Hada
    Jenny Lou Ziegel
    Filipa César
    Filipa César

    Filipa César


    Filipa César (Oporto, 1975) is an artist and filmmaker interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, the fictional dimensions of the documentary and the economies, politics and poetics inherent to cinema praxis. Since 2011, César has been researching the origins of cinema in Guinea-Bissau, developing that research into the collective project Luta ca caba inda (The struggle is not over yet). She was a participant of the research projects Living Archive and Visionary Archive, both organised by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin.