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CUBA is a film essay based on Filipa César’s research on Guinea-Bissau’s recently digitized film archive. A sole tracking shot unfolds a lecture presented by the Guinean filmmaker and régulo, Suleimane Biai, the Portuguese-Spanish performer Joana Barrios, and the Guinean actor and director of Bissau’s Film Institute (INCA), Carlos Vaz. The film proposes a path from Amílcar Cabral’s experience as an agronomist researching the soil of the Portuguese village Cuba through his engagement as a leader of the Guinean liberation movement and encourager of the birth of Guinean militant filmmaking influenced and supported by Cuba.

Filipa César, born in Porto in 1975, lives and works in Berlin.

Format: 16mm auf HD-Video
Länge: 10 min
Regie: Filipa César
Script: Suleimane Biai, Filipa César
Performers: Joana Barrios, Suleimane Biai and Carlos Vaz
Camera: Tobias von dem Borne
Sound: Didio Pestana, Nuno da Luz
Production: Marta Leite, Johanna Höhmann
Produced for the Satellite programme, Jeu de Paume, Paris
Supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Next Future Programme), Lisbon

Funded by:

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