Na cidade vazia (Hollow city)

On December 16, 2013

imgres-2get-it-nowDirector: Maria João Ganga

Writer: Maria João Ganga

Actor(s): Roldan Pinto João, Domingos Fernandes Fonseca, Raúl Rosário, Júlia Botelho, Ana Bustorff

Production Co.: Global Film Initiative

Country: Angola

Year: 2004

Language and subtitle information: In Portuguese with English subtitles

Format: VHS


Summary: N’dala is an orphan from the Angolan province of Bie, a flashpoint in the rebellion that incited Angola’s brutal civil war. In 1991 N’dala is airlifted by missionaries to the port city of Luanda, Angola’s capital. He slips away from the nuns at the airport, choosing the solitude of the streets of the old city, but he is not prepared for living by his wits. His wandering leads N’dala to the beach where he takes shelter in an old fisherman’s shack, but he is haunted by nightmares of the assault that left his family dead, and he soon disappears into the shanty-town neighborhoods of the city. Each step N’dala takes into the dark streets of the city leads him farther from his home.

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