1h 50m / Feature / Documentary
‘We had one of the longest liberation struggles in Africa, with a war that lasted 13 years. We weren't just a generation of young people with revolutionary ideas. We were ordinary men and women, of several generations, from different regions of Angola and from different walks of life. This is our memory.’
The documentary Independência was born out of the need to preserve the stories of those who played a role in the struggle for an independent Angola. The Angolan War of Independence took place over 13 years (1963-1975) and became the second longest in African history. During the years of armed resistance against the Portuguese colonial rule, many movements rose up, and as political agendas separated, tensions and violence escalated. Native filmmaker Mário Bastos uses archive footage, testimonies and animation to piece together the collective memory of a country’s struggle for freedom from colonial rule.
Directed by Marlo Bastos