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The film Angola - Saudades from the One Who Loves You is a people's story told from the street up, one that captures a unique moment in Angola's history, a country just coming to terms with the reality of peace after nearly three decades of bloody civil war.
The film is a compelling portrait of a country struggling to recover from the devastation of 27 years of civil war. Three years since peace was declared in this former Portuguese colony – one of Africa's largest producers of oil and diamonds – the land is full of contrasts, between rich and poor, between hope and despair.
Namibian director Richard Papekkla takes us on a lyrical journey through this once war-torn nation, presenting us with a kaleidoscopic vision of the diverse experiences of its people, from the oil barons who are reaping the benefits of the country's rich natural resources to petrol-sniffing children who struggle to earn a living on the street. Images of luxurious mansions, exclusive shopping malls, and fashion shoots are juxtaposed with pictures of rubble and decay, while a soundtrack of urban and rural songs reflects the thoughts and feelings of the land’s inhabitants.
The Portuguese word “saudade” implies a “feeling of longing for something once loved, now gone, but to return in a distant future”. Angola: Saudades From the One Who Loves You captures a unique moment in history, as a nation takes its first hesitant steps towards a fragile democracy.
No registration required. Tickets can be bought at the cinema
The film is in Portuguese and English, with English subtitles. The seminar and debate will be in Norwegian.