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Sambizanga

Sambizanga

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1972 / 102min / 16mm

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.

Sambizanga is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see. Click here for more info.