Cinemas and Independence III

Outdoor film festival curated by Olivier Hadouchi

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What is the legacy, the reach and the meaning of African independences – at times gained after particularly violent and difficult struggles – for African descendants, the children of dismantled empires who live in Europe and in Africa and maintain a relationship with both continents? Even when it arises discreetly, the turmoil caused by the wars for African independence has nourished the work of artists born several decades later.


Ça va, ça va, on continue (2012)
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc / Portugal / 30 min

Through actor Bia Gomes, Mathieu Abonnenc enters into a dialogue in this film with Flora Gomes’s Morte Negada, exploring the role of the records of the colonial war, of the appropriation of the culture and voice of the other, of difference and of identity. A provocative film, full of self-criticism.

With Bia Gomes, Paulo Moura Lopes, Alberto Magassela, Manuela Paulo
Screenplay and director Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc
Assistant director Ligia Roque
Director of Photography Jorge Leal
Camera operators Ricardo Rodrigues and Pierre Passos
Sound technician Cristovao Carvalho
Sound Martin Salomonsen
Sound recording and mixing Marcus Alexander
Editors Jorge Leal and Bledar Bujupi
Colour Jamie Parry
Make-up artist Marla Santos
Translation Claudia Gonçalves and Camilla Renz
Music “Gay Guerilla” by Julius Eastman, Unjust Malaise, New World Records, 2005
Production Fundação de Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea; FNAGP – Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques; Prix Meurice pour l’art contemporain; Cornerhouse, Manchester


Bateau Ivre (2012)
Chafik Allal, Claudio Capanna / Belgium – Italy – Algeria / 64 min

A white teacher takes his students, almost all of them of African origin, on a boat trip on the Brussels-Charleroi Canal. During the outing, the conversation leads to unexpected reactions and topics, including the relationship between the north and the south, colonisation, the search for our dark side, the disillusionment with the European dream.

With Jean-Michel Vovk
Voiceover Emilie Marechal
Director of Photography Valentina Summa, Benjamin Morel
Editor Laurence Vaes
Sound Jean-Luc Fichefet
Executive producers Chafik Allal, Claudio Capanna, Pacha Films with the support of Collectif Paulo Freire, Atelier Alfred

Summer Garden: Film festival

This outdoor film festival is divided in 6 sessions and included in the parallel activities of the exhibition Europa Oxalá, as well as in the program of Summer Garden 2022.

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