Quantum Creole

In the beginning was the weave, and the transmission of its workings, a curse of mortality – so ends Quantum Creole with the fabulous words of the Papel weaver, Zé Interpretador.
The punch-card technology, designed for the textile loom, was fundamental for the development of the computer – the binary code is thus closer to the ancient act of weaving than to that of writing. Quantum Creole is an experimental documentary film collectively researching creolization and addressing its historical, ontological, and cultural forces. Referring to the minimum physical entity in any interaction – quantum – the film utilizes different imaging forms to read the subversive potential of weaving as Creole code. West African Creole people wove coded messages of social and political resistance into textiles, countering the colonists’ languages and technologies. As the new face of colonization manifests itself as a digital image, upgrading terra nullius in the form of an ultra-liberal free trade zone in the Bissagos Islands, it also marks the continuation of the violence that erupted several centuries ago with the creation of slave-trading posts in the place then known as the Rivers of Guinea and Cape Verde.
by Filipa César
with Zé Interpretador, Odete da Costa Semedo, Olivier Marboeuf, Marinho de Pina, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Joana Barrios, Mark Waschke, Nelly Yaa Pinkrah, Diana McCarty, Saliha Podingo von Medem
Germany / France / Portugal / Spain 2016 Guinea-Bissau Creole, Portuguese, German, English, French 40’ Colour Documentary form


  • Zé Interpretador
  • Odete da Costa Semedo
  • Olivier Marboeuf
  • Marinho de Pina
  • Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
  • Joana Barrios
  • Mark Waschke
  • Nelly Yaa Pinkrah
  • Diana McCarty
  • Saliha Podingo von Medem


Director Filipa César
Screenplay Diana McCarty
Cinematography Matthias Biber, Filipa César, Jenny Lou Ziegel
Editing Filipa César
Sound Design Jin Mustafa
Sound Gabor Ripli
Production Design Filipa César
Assistant Director Alima de Graf
Production Manager Michel Balagué
Producers Olivier Marboeuf, Filipa César, Michel Balagué
Executive Producer Olivier Marboeuf

Produced by

Filipa César


Filipa César

Filipa César, born in 1975 in Porto, Portugal, is an artist and filmmaker interested in the fictional aspects of the documentary and the politics and poetics inherent to moving image. Since 2011, César has been looking into the imaginaries of Guinea-Bissau’s Liberation Movement and its cognitive potencies, developing that research into the ongoing collective project Luta ca caba inda (the struggle is not over yet). Her work is widely shown in solo and group exhibitions, biennials, and festivals. Her short films Cuba and Transmission from the Liberated Zones were featured in Forum Expanded in 2013 and 2016, and in 2017 César premiered her feature-length essay film Spell Reel at the Berlinale Forum. She lives and works in Berlin.


2007 Rapport; 16 min. · Rapport; 16 min. · Allee der Kosmonauten; 8 min. · Allee der Kosmonauten; 8 min. 2008 Le passeur; 34 min. · Le passeur; 34 min. 2009 The Four Chambered Heart; 29 min. · The Four Chambered Heart; 29 min. 2010 Insert; 10 min. · Insert; 10 min. · Memograma; 40 min. · Memograma; 40 min. · Porto, 1975; 10 min. · Porto, 1975; 10 min. 2011 The Embassy; 7 min. · The Embassy; 7 min. 2012 Cuba; 10 min., Forum Expanded 2013 · Cuba; 10 min., Forum Expanded 2013 · Cacheu; 10 min. · Cacheu; 10 min. 2013 Conakry; 10 min. · Conakry; 10 min. 2014 Mined Soil; 32 min. · Mined Soil; 32 min. 2015 Transmission from the Liberated Zones; 30 min., Forum Expanded 2016 · Transmission from the Liberated Zones; 30 min., Forum Expanded 2016 2017 Spell Reel · Spell Reel; 96 min., Forum 2017 2020 Quantum Creole; 40 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020