THE BLUE EYES OF YONTA

Director: Flora Gomes
Portugal/Guinea-Bissau / 1992 / 90 min

Last streamed on Thu, Jun 30

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Gomes’s second film is a bold follow-up to Mortu Nega that extends his debut’s critical scrutiny of post-liberation Guinea-Bissau through a poignantly nuanced story of ardent dreams fractured across multiple generations. The eponymous heroine is a spirited young woman smitten with an old family friend, a hero of the revolution struggling to keep his business afloat and to stay true to his ideals. Gomes subtly uses a triangle of misguided, projected love to critique the romantic illusions of post-revolution Guinea-Bissau while also evoking a rich tableau of everyday life and everyday hardships. A powerfully nuanced allegory of nation and community, guided by an even more symbolically charged ambition than Mortu Nega—a design made clear in the remarkable Felliniesque closing.

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