16.9. Sunday

16:00 Filmforum Museum Ludwig

Price: 7 Euro / 5 Euro (reduced)

R: Nilton Medeiros;

São Tomé e Príncipe 2017;

OF m. engl. UT; DCP; 52 min.

Following the abolishment of slavery at the end of the 19th century, the Portuguese colonial leaders were forced to recruit workers from Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde to cover the workload on the cocoa and coffee plantations in São Tomé and Príncipe. This paved the way for a new form of forced labour that brought around 12,000 Cape Verdeans to the island in the hope of a better life. The new lives of the so-called serviçais (“servants”) were restricted to hard work on the plantations, however, while they lived completely separately from the local population. And even now – more than half a century later – those colonial barriers are yet to be fully broken down. Many of the former “serfs” and their descendants still live on the margins of society, wasting away on the plantations where they struggle to earn a living.

SERVIÇAIS DAS MEMORIAS À IDENTIDADE is a very personal cinematic account of the stories and memories of the São Toméan contract labourers.

In cooperation with Zentrum portugiesischsprachige Welt an der Universität zu Köln and Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, Portugal.