22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025
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Sana Na N'Hada

Three colours come together to form the flag of Guinea-Bissau, each with its own meaning. Red: the war of liberation against Portuguese occupying forces, the reason why Nome joins the guerrilla troops. Marked by conflict and with blood on his hands, he is released back into society. However, the former spark of fighting spirit has now caught fire. Yellow: the fruits of productive land that the young mother Nambú strives to harvest. But their hope for a good life is repeatedly challenged by the cruelty of war. Green: The endless rainforests of the region, which enrich the country and the film images with their mystical charisma and brutal beauty.

Meanwhile, these fragments of a country’s history are being observed by a ghostly commentator. A black star, symbol of the African population, whose future is unfortunately still determined by their colonial past.

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Direction Sana Na N'Hada
Country Guinea-Bissau, France, Portugal, Angola
Year 2023
Duration 118 min
Language Guinea-Bissau Creole, Portuguese with English subtitles
Production Paula Oliveira, Luis Correira, Olivier Marboeuf, Suleimane Biai, Jorge Cohen, Cédric Walter
Co-production Cédric Walter
Cast Marcelino António Ingira, Binete Undonque, Marta Dabo, Helena Sanca, Riquelme Biga
Camera João Ribeiro
Script Virgílio Almeida, Olivier Marboeuf, Sana Na N’Hada
Editing Sarah Salem
Sound Tristan Pontecaille, Damien Tronchot
Music Remna Schwarz

Acid Cannes 2023, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2024

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About the director

The director Sana Na N’Hada was born 1950 in Enxalé, a village in Guinea-Bissau. Against the will of his father, he attended primary school, where he came into contact with ideas of african liberation thanks to his teachers. Soon afterwards he joined the guerilla-fighters as a medic and in 1967, he was sent to Cuba by PAIGC-Partyleader Amílcar Cabral, where he received an education in filmmaking. In 1994, he became internationally known because of his narrative picture Xime. His newest film project Nome includes archival footage showing scenes from the Guinea-Bissau War of Independence, some of which he shot himself.

Press reviews

„Nome probes the hopeful, utopian dimension of African revolutionary movements and confronts, with the wisdom of hindsight, the seeds of corruption and betrayal that always existed. But never embraces despair.“ (Adrian Martin, IFFR)


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