Contenda Island / Ilhéu de Contenda

Director: Leao Lopes
Country: Cape Verde
Year: 1995
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: Portuguese

Set against the lush beauty of Cape Verde’s landscape, this film explores the evolution of the traditional colonial class structure. In response to a changing society, the aristocracy finds it must cede some of its power to a newly emergent mulatto merchant class. In this process, they are shaping a hybrid national identity that must synthesize the old and the new as well as elements of both African and Portuguese cultures.