CODE NAME "ANGOLA"

OPERAÇÃO ANGOLA

By Diana ANDRINGA

PERSONA NON GRATA PICTURES (BRAZIL) - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2015

In June, 1961, around 60 students from the then former Portuguese colonies – among them the former presidents of Cape Verde and Mozambique, Pedro Pires and Joaquim Chissano, and the former prime-ministers of Angola and Mozambique, Fernando Van Dunen and Pascoal Mocumbi, evaded Portugal clandestinely

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Biography, Historical
    • Countries
    • PORTUGAL
    • Languages
    • PORTUGUESE
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 116 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Diana ANDRINGA
    • Writer(s)
    • Diana ANDRINGA
    • Producer(s)
    • António FERREIRA (Persona Non Grata Pictures), Tathiani SACILOTTO (Persona Non Grata Pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • In June, 1961, around 60 students from the then former Portuguese colonies – among them the former presidents of Cape Verde and Mozambique, Pedro Pires and Joaquim Chissano, and the former prime-ministers of Angola and Mozambique, Fernando Van Dunen and Pascoal Mocumbi – evaded Portugal clandestinely, where they were living, to escape the oppression from the Portuguese dictatorship’s political police, the PIDE, thus avoiding being draught by the military or joining the liberation movements. The collective escape was carried out with the support of the World Council of Churches and the active participation of an ecumenical organization based in France, the CIMADE. It were young American Protestants who, following CIMADE’s directives, drove the fugitives from Lisbon, Coimbra and Oporto into France, across Franco’s Spain, where eventually they were arrested. The documentary Operation Angola – the code name given to the mission – retraced that journey, with two of those American Protestants - Charles Roy Harper, “Chuck”, who drove them in Portugal, and Bill Nottingham, who drove them in Spain – and the Angolan Miguel Hurst, an actor, son of one of the couples who participated in the escape - Jorge and Isabel Hurst – giving us, along the way, descriptions made by several other fugitives in interviews that took place in 2001, at Cape Verde.
    • Partners & financing
    • Portugal / Mozambique co-production
    • Production schedule
    • completed
    • Beginning of shooting
    • May 20, 2015
    • End of shooting
    • Jun 30, 2015
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