Monangambeee

“Monangambeee” was a rallying cry used by activists during Angola’s anti-colonial liberation struggle to gather villages together. Monangambeee is also the title of a short film by Sarah Maldoror that addresses Portuguese arrogance towards Angolan culture. The filmmaker draws on a novella by José Luandino Vieira, the story of a political prisoner, to make a film about humiliation, solidarity and resistance.
by Sarah Maldoror
With Carlos Pestana, Noureddine Dreis, Mohamed Zinet, Athmane Sabi, Elisa Pestana
Algeria 1969 French 16’ Black/White

With

  • Carlos Pestana
  • Noureddine Dreis
  • Mohamed Zinet
  • Athmane Sabi
  • Elisa Pestana

Crew

DirectorSarah Maldoror
ScreenplaySarah Maldoror, Mario de Andrade, Serge Michel, Adapted from a short story by Luandino Vieira
CinematographyAbdelkader Adel
MusicArt Ensemble of Chicago

Produced by

C.O.N.C.P. (Conférence des Organisations Nationales des Colonies Portugaises)

Sarah Maldoror

Born in 1938, the French filmmaker founded the first black theatre company in France in 1956 before going to Moscow to study Cinema. She has since made over 30 films which focus on important themes from both Africa's history and present, seen from a black perspective.

Filmography (selection)

1969 Monangambeee; short film · Monangambeee; short film 1970 Des fusils pour Banta · Des fusils pour Banta 1972 Sambizanga · Sambizanga 1973 Saint-Denis sur Avenir; documentary · Saint-Denis sur Avenir; documentary 1974 Et les chiens se taisaient; documentary · Et les chiens se taisaient; documentary 1977 Aimé Césaire - un homme une terre; documentary · Aimé Césaire - un homme une terre; documentary 1979 Fogo, île de feu; documentary · Fogo, île de feu; documentary · Un carnaval dans le Sahel; documentary · Un carnaval dans le Sahel; documentary 1980 Carnaval en Guinée Bissau; documentary · Carnaval en Guinée Bissau; documentary 1981 Un dessert pour Constance · Un dessert pour Constance 1982 L’Hôpital de Leningrad · L’Hôpital de Leningrad 1985 Le passager du Tassili · Le passager du Tassili 1986 Aimé Césaire – le masque des mots; documentary · Aimé Césaire - le masque des mots; documentary 1989 Vlady – Peintre; documentary · Vlady - Peintre; documentary 1995 Léon G. Damas; documentary · Léon G. Damas; documentary 1997 L’enfant cinéma; short film · L’enfant cinéma; short film 1998 La tribu du bois de l’é; documentary · La tribu du bois de l’é; documentary 2001 Scala Milan A.C; short film · Scala Milan A.C; short film 2003 La route de l’esclave; documentary · La route de l’esclave; documentary 2005 Les oiseaux mains; animation · Les oiseaux mains; animation 2008 Ana Mercedes Hoyos; documentary · Ana Mercedes Hoyos; documentary 2009 Eia pour Césaire; documentary · Eia pour Césaire; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020