Royal Court tells the story of Aiwo Agoa, an African woman from the Daomé kingdom who was enslaved and brought to Brazil at the end of the 18th century. In 2019, she awakes from a deep sleep in Rio de Janeiro, completely changed by urban transformation. In the search for her sister, Aiwo crosses the barrier between the past and present, freeing herself from slavery and leaving the city’s colonial palace in ruins. When she revisits the spaces she was forced to enter 200 years ago, she turns to the memory of the black people buried in the city, and discovers that her mission is even greater: to rediscover the vestiges of her ancestors and to free them from the oblivion and anonymity that imprison them.
Rio de Janeiro has lately going through one of the most violent gentrification process ever seen. The urbanization logic destroys what it's not desired and builds something new over it. The past, however, resists and insists on returning: for every new construction, the street has its guts and thousands of archaeological remains have been discovered in the region. But which experiences buried there still demand voice and passage?
Director: Julia De Simone
Producers: Mirada Filmes (Brazil), Anavilhana (Brazil), Uma pedra no sapato (Portugal)
European WCF partner: Uma pedra no sapato (Portugal)
World sales: tbc
Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2019
Funding amount: 30.000 €