“About a Culture Coming Back to Life” – New York Times
Following nearly forty years of unrelenting war, peace and reconstruction are slowly arriving to Angola. Damaged first by the war for independence from Portugal, Angola was then ripped apart by a devastating civil war that orphaned thousands of children.
In Huambo, Angola’s second largest city, fifty five of these children are in the Okutiuka orphanage under the care of Sonia Ferreira. Sonia’s boyfriend, Wilker Flores, is a death-metal guitarist who uses the brutal sounds and rhythms of his hardcore music as a path to healing.
“Director Jeremy Xido focuses on a young couple, Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores, who find solace in death metal (and black metal to a lesser extent), considered by a small collective of Angolan musicians the most effective way to exorcise the horrors of war.” – Chicago Reader
The film tracks Wilker and Sonia’s dream to stage Angola’s first-ever national rock concert, bringing together musicians from different provinces and different strands of the Angolan hardcore scene.
Winner / Grand Prize for Best Documentary: Rhode Island International Film Festival
Nominated for Best Documentary: Sarasota Film Festival
84 Minutes on 1 disc / 2012 / Directed by Jeremy Xido / Portuguese w/English sub-titles.
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