DIRECTOR: SARAH MALDOROR
CAST: DOMINGOS DE OLIVEIRA, ELISA ANDRADE, JEAN M'VONDO
The happy family life of Maria and Domingos (Domingos Oliviera and Elisa Andrade), a young black African couple in Portuguese-occupied Angola, is shattered when repressive colonial authorities hustle Domingos into jail, leaving Maria to tirelessly search for him across Luanda. Set shortly before the 1961 uprising and made with a cast of veteran anti-colonial activists, Maldoror’s deft, bracing film distills decades of incomprehensible suffering into one human-sized story.
Sambizanga is courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.