Sambizanga, dir. by Sarah Maldoror
Saturday 13 May


Dir. Sarah Maldoror, 1972

Angola, France


Introduced by Professor Lindiwe Dovey


Based on a true story, Sarah Maldoror’s Sambizanga chronicles the awakening of Angola’s independence movement. It follows a young woman searching for her husband after his arrest by the Portuguese authorities – an incident that will ultimately help to ignite a national uprising. Featuring a cast of nonprofessionals – many of whom were themselves involved in anti-colonial resistance – this landmark work of political cinema honours the essential roles of women, as well as the hardships they endure in the global struggle for liberation.




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Image: Sambizanga, 1972 (dir. Sarah Maldoror). Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna.