Digital Restoration

Maldoror is both presenting history and issuing a call to arms.

Village Voice

Elisa Andrade, Domingos de Oliveira, Jean M’Vondo, Adelino Nelumba,

One of the first feature films made by a woman in Africa, Sambizanga is a fictionalized chronicle of the arrest and fatal imprisonment of a man whose underground activities were an impenetrable secret. It was at a prison near Sambizanga, Angola, on February 4, 1961, that the first uprising of what would become the Angolan resistance movement took place. The film is set a few weeks before that moment, during a time of increasingly desperate and repressive security measures by the colonial government. It is worth noting that Maldoror assisted Gilles Pontecorvo in the filming of The Battle of Algiers.

  • Sarah Maldoror
  • Mário Coelho Pinto de Andrade
  • Maurice Pons
Based On
  • a novel by José Luandino Vieira

  • Claude Agostini
  • Portuguese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 103 mins
  • Janus Films