The Brazilian documentary Letters to Angola, directed by Coraci Ruiz and Julio Matos and produced by Hidalgo Romero, has been running the international film festival circuit for over a year, winning the best documentary awards in Angola (Luanda International Film Festival), and Brazil (IV Ethnographic Film Festival of Recife).
The feature documentary, anchored by Brazilian and Angolan musician and poets Allan Rock from Brazil, and Lukeny Bamba Fortunato from Angola, examines the ties that bind Brazil and Angola culturally and historically.
You might recall another Brazilian documentary profiled on the site last October titled Tao Longe Aqui (Here is So Far) about a Brazilian woman who travels to explore and connect with her roots in Africa, which becomes her inspiration to write a letter to the future.
Letters to Angola had a television premiere in Brazil’s SESC TV this past November.
Here’s the full synopsis for Letters to Angola:
Brazil and Angola while on either side of the Atlantic Ocean have the same language, a common colonial past and many shared stories. In this film, correspondence is exchanged between these two places – some people are longtime friends, others have never met. Their stories intertwine and tell about migration, nostalgia, belonging, war, prejudice, exile and distance. The search for identity and flow of memory are driven by the line of affection that binds the seven pairs of speakers presented in this documentary, people whose life stories are traced between Brazil, Angola and Portugal.
Watch the trailer below. Make sure you click on cc for english subtitles: