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Mortu Nega (1988) dir. Flora Gomes

Mortu Nega (1988) dir. Flora Gomes

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Cinema and the Anticolonial Liberation Struggles

Mortu Nega (1988) dir. Flora Gomes

22 Sep 2018


Cinema and the Anticolonial Liberation Struggles is a series of screenings and talks that explore the political projects of anticolonial struggles and how cinema shapes political events. The series focuses on African liberation movements, solidarities across borders in America and Asia, and how the future of liberation movements were imagined during the Cold War. 
This programme is co-curated with Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc.
Mortu Nega (1988) directed by Flora Gomes
Mortu Nega (Death Denied or Those Whom Death Refused) is a 1988 historic film by Flora Gomes, a director from Guinea-Bissau. Mortu Nega was Gomes' first feature-length film. This is the first docufiction, more precisely the first ethnofiction, from his country that shows, in an expressive and touching way, the experiences of the Guinea-Bissau War of Independence. This film blends contemporary history with mythology, in this case African mythology. Mortu Nega was the first film produced in independent Guinea-Bissau. Its world premiere was at the Venice Film Festival on 29th August 1988.
Mortu Nega is shown in Creole with English subtitles.
Free. Booking required
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Flora Gomes is a Bissau-Guinean film director. He was born in Cadique, Guinea-Bissau on 31 December 1949 and after high school in Cuba, he decided to study film at the Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos in Havana. Shot fourteen years after independence, Gomes's Mortu Nega (Death Denied) (1988) was the first fiction film and the second feature film ever made in Guinea-Bissau. At FESPACO 1989, the film won the prestigious Oumarou Ganda Prize. In 1992, Gomes directed Udju Azul di Yonta, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.