Death Metal Angola

Death Metal Angola

Fri 04 Jul 2014 8:00 pm

Tickets: £4.00

Following nearly 40 years of unrelenting war – with every attendant horror – peace and reconstruction are slowly arriving to Angola. Damaged first by the war for independence from Portugal, Angola was then ripped apart by a devastating civil war that orphaned thousands of children. Huambo, Angola’s second largest city, finds 55 of these children in the Okutiuka orphanage under the care of Sonia Ferreira. Sonia’s boyfriend, Wilker Flores, is a death metal guitarist who uses the brutal sounds and rhythms of this hardcore music as a path to healing, or, as Sonia says, “to clear out the debris from all these years of war.”

DEATH METAL ANGOLA tracks Wilker and Sonia’s dream – to stage Angola’s first-ever national rock concert, bringing together members from different strands of the Angolan hardcore scene from different provinces – as it unfolds in fits and starts against the bombed out and mined backdrop of the formerly stately Huambo. Rubble and deconstructed spaces provide scenic reminders of why hardcore music has gained a foothold.

“Raucously crowd pleasing…enticingly exotic…clangorous, rousingly energetic…promising big-screen debut for Detroit-born globetrotter Jeremy Xido”
The Hollywood Reporter

Award:
Rhodes Island International Film Festival 2013: GRAND JURY PRIZE Best Documentary Feature

Festivals:
Rotterdam International Film Festival: Official Selection 2013
BAFICI 2013
Film From the South 2013: Doc South
DMZ Korean Intl Documentary Festival 2013: Docu Night/Music Section
CPH:DOX 2013: Sound & Vision