Sambizanga

dir. Sarah Maldoror

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Set in 1961 at the onset of the Angolan War of Independence, Sarah Maldoror's shattering portrait of colonial violence and domination follows the heartbreaking journey of a woman as she searches the city's jails for her incarcerated husband.

Introduction by University of Toronto Professor Emerita and former TIFF programmer Kay Armatage.

Set in 1961 at the onset of the Angolan War of Independence, Sarah Maldoror's Sambizanga follows the heartbreaking journey of a woman as she walks from jail to jail in search of her incarcerated freedom fighter husband, who is facing torture and execution by the Portuguese government for his role in the anti-colonial struggle. One of the most well-loved films at the 1973 Women & Film festival, Sambizanga draws from the filmmaker's own life — Maldoror's husband was a leader of the Angolan liberation movement, and many of the film's non-professional actors were recruited from the movement's ranks — to create a shattering portrait of colonial violence and domination.

Thanks to Sarah Maldoror.

Sambizanga courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.