Sambizanga

Director: Sarah Maldoror
Countries: Angola / Republic of Congo
Year: 1972
Running Time: 102 min.
Language: Portuguese

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Based on a novel by José Luandino Vieira, Sambizanga is a landmark testimony to the determination and importance of the colonial resistance in Africa. One woman’s quest to find her husband who has been jailed for joining the resistance, becomes a metaphor for the suffering of Angolan people and their coming to revolutionary consciousness before the 1961 uprising against their Portuguese colonizers. The film could not be shown publicly in Angola until after independence because of its moving content.