SPELL REEL

By Filipa CÉSAR

SPECTRE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2017


Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2017
Forum
San Sebastian FF 2017
Zabaltegi - Tabakalera Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award - Special Mention
BFI London FF 2017
Experimenta
iREP, Lagos (Archiving Africa) 2017
BAFICI, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2017
Indie Festival, Brazil (brazilian premiere) 2017
Doclisboa, compétition nationale, Portugal (portuguese premiere) 2017
Porto Post-doc, Portugal 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • GERMANY, PORTUGAL, FRANCE, GUINEA-BISSAU
    • Languages
    • PORTUGUESE, ENGLISH, FRENCH, CREOLE
    • Duration
    • 96 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Filipa CÉSAR
    • Producer(s)
    • Olivier MARBOEUF (SPECTRE PRODUCTIONS), Filipa CÉSAR, Maria joão MAYER
    • Synopsis

    • 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.
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