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by Filipa César


In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruination, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amí­lcar Cabral, the liberation leader assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N'Hada and Flora Gomes, and many allies, Filipa César imagines a journey where the fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel to look through. Digitised in Berlin, screened and live commented, the archive convokes debates, storytelling, and forecasts. From isolated villages in Guinea-Bissau to European capitals, the silent reels are now the place from where people search for antidotes for a world in crisis.

international title: Spell Reel
original title: Spell Reel
country: Portugal, France
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Filipa César
film run: 96'
screenplay: Filipa César
cinematography by: Jenny Lou Ziegel
film editing: Filipa César
producer: Filipa César, Oliver Marboeuf, Maria João Mayer
production: Spectre Production, Filmes do Tejo II
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