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Cinema and the Anticolonial Liberation Struggles: Sambizanga (1972)

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This series of screenings and talks explore the political projects of anticolonial struggles and how cinema shapes political events. The series focuses on African liberation movements, solidarities across borders in America and Asia, and how the future of liberation movements were imagined during the Cold War. This programme is co-curated with Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc.

Sambizanga (1972) dir. Sarah Maldoror

Set in 1961 at the onset of the Angolan War of Independence, Sambizanga follows the struggles of Angolan militants involved with the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), an anti-colonial political movement of which Maldoror's husband, Mário Coelho Pinto de Andrade, was a leader. The film is based on the novella A vida verdadeira de Domingos Xavier ("The Real Life of Domingos Xavier") by Angolan writer José Luandino Vieira.

Sambizanga is the name of the working-class neighbourhood in Luanda where a Portuguese prison was located to which many Angolan militants were taken to be tortured and killed.On February 4, 1961, this prison was attacked by MPLA forces

The film begins with the arrest of Angolan revolutionary Domingos Xavier by Portuguese colonial officials. Xavier is taken to the prison in Sambizanga where he is at risk of being tortured to death for not giving the Portuguese the names of his fellow dissidents. The film follows Xavier's wife, Maria, who searches from jail to jail trying to discover what has become of her husband.


Nottingham Contemporary’s public programme is jointly funded by Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

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