A Story from Africa

Following the 1884–85 Berlin Conference resolution on the partition of Africa, the Portuguese army uses a talented ensign to register the effective occupation of the territory belonging to the Cuamato people, conquered in 1907, in the south of Angola.
A Story from Africa enlivens a rarely seen photographic archive through the tragic tale of Calipalula, the Cuamato nobleman essential to the unfolding of events in this Portuguese pacification campaign.
by Billy Woodberry Portugal 2016 English, Portuguese 32’ Black/White Documentary form


Director Billy Woodberry
Editing Luís Nunes
Music António de Sousa Dias
Sound Design António de Sousa Dias
Production Manager Margarida Veiga
Producer Rui Alexandre Santos

Billy Woodberry

Billy Woodberry, born in Dallas, USA in 1950, is one of the founders of the L.A. Rebellion film movement. His first feature film Bless Their Little Hearts (1983) is a pioneer and essential work of this movement, influenced by Italian neo-realism and the work of Third Cinema filmmakers. He received his MFA degree from UCLA in 1982 where he also taught at the School of Theater, Film and Television. Since 1989 Woodberry is a faculty member of the School of Film/Video and the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been screened at international film festivals and art institutions.

Filmography (selection)

1980 The Pocketbook; 13 min. 1982 Ashes to Embers; 120 min. 1984 Bless Their Little Hearts; 80 min. 1995 When It Rains; 13 min. 1996 Red Hollywood; 118 min. 2011 Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA; 45 min. 2015 And when I die, I won't stay dead; 89 min. 2018 A Story from Africa

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019