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Editors:Maldoror, Sarah
Oliveira, Domingos de
Geographic term:Angola
Subjects:political prisoners
national liberation struggles
feature films (form)
videos (form)
External link:http://movie.ovh/watch-Sambizanga-1973-63591-online/
Abstract:'Sambizanga' is set during Angola's struggle for liberation from Portuguese domination. The film tells the story of Maria Xavier's search for her husband Domingos, a worker and member of the MPLA, who has been arrested by the secret police and beaten to death in prison. Not knowing he is dead, his wife goes from one prison station to another, trying in vain to find out where he is. Focusing on her day-to-day existence during the struggle, Maria's physical journey gradually also marks the awakening of her political consciousness. Guadeloupean-born director Sarah Maldoror was married to one of the leaders of the Angolan struggle for independence and devoted her filmmaking career to raising international awareness of the African liberation struggles. The screenplay was an adaptation of a work by Luandino Vieira, 'La Vraie Vie de Domingos Xavier' ('The Real Life of Xavier Domingos', 1978). The screenwriters altered the story to put more emphasis on the experience of the fictional Domingos Xavier's wife, Maria. They also changed the title to Sambizanga, the name of the working-class neighbourhood in Luanda where a notorious Portuguese prison was located, and in which the film's hero was confined and eventually tortured to death. The assault on the prison on February 4, 1961, was the first coordinated act of armed uprising against the Portuguese, and the film ends with the attack being planned. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]