WED 9 NOV
by José Miguel Ribero
Portugal / Belgium / France / Netherlands 2022 | Animation | OmeU | 83 min
REPETITION 10.11. | 18.00 BROTFABRIKKINO
In the mid-90s, a bloody civil war has been raging in Angola for 20 years. Young Nayola leaves her daughter Yara with her mother to go in search of her husband Ekumbi, who has gone to war as a guerrilla fighter. Yara stays behind with her grandmother Lelena. But even in 2011, when peace has finally prevailed for some time, Nayola has still not returned, while Yara, now in puberty, has developed into a rebellious teenager who rebels against the authoritarian political conditions with rap music. Lelena, in turn, tries to protect her granddaughter from police persecution – until a masked man enters her house one night….
Ribeiro’s 2D/3D computer-animated war narrative succeeds in creating a portrait of three generations of women, all traumatized in different ways by the Civil War, that captivates viewers with its almost mystical quality. The film premiered at the prestigious Festival d’Animation in Annecy.
JOSÉ MIGUEL RIBEIRO (*1966 in Portugal) graduated from the Lisbon School of Fine Arts and has since made a name for himself in the field of animated film. With Nayola he realized the first ever Portuguese long-animation film.