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In CONSTELAÇÕES DO EQUADOR, São Toméan director Silas Tiny traces testimonies and memories of the airlift between Biafra and São Tomé during the Biafra War. The film sheds light on the suffering of the children who were threatened with starvation and evacuated to São Tomé, and it portrays how humanitarian aid and colonialism, liberation movements and solidarity all weave together. The accounts of nurses and military personnel alongside historical documents show the connection between the two countries and how this time has left its mark on São Tomé.


In cooperation with: Camões, Portugiesisch-Brasilianisches, Institut der Universität zu Köln

CONSTELAÇÕES DO EQUADOR Direction: Silas Tiny, DCP, OF m. engl. UT, 104 min



Fradique is one of the stand-out directors of contemporary Angolan cinema. He studied film in the USA and is one of the founders of the production company Geração80, which was also involved in creating the dance film PARA LÁ DOS MEUS PASSOS, featured on the programme for this year’s festival.

The 14th Afrika Film Festival featured his documentary INDEPENDÊNCIA, about the armed struggle for liberation in Angola, which is built upon many years of research with witnesses from the period and won the national prize for Angolan film culture. Since then, he has produced music videos for Angolan artists such as Nástio Mosquito and Aline Frazão. In 2020, he shot his first feature film, AR CONDICIONADO, which got him invited to the Rotterdam International Film Festival. The creative film artist Fradique is one of the ‘Berlinale Talents’ and is already working on his second feature film THE KINGDOM OF CASUARINAS, which will be completed in 2022.

For this year’s festival, he has gladly taken over the patronage and will present the films CONSTELAÇÕES DO EQUADOR, NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS as well as the lusophone short film programmes.

Beatriz de Medeiros Silva

Beatriz de Medeiros Silva is a Camões I.P. lecturer at the Portuguese-Brazilian Institute of the University of Cologne. She is also a lecturer of Portuguese language and Lusophone literature and films with a focus on Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa as well as Portugal. Since 2018, she has supported the curation of films from Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Cape Verde, as well as from the diaspora, especially Portugal and Brazil for AFFK. In 2023, the Lusophone programme was created together with Anna Plum, Leilah Vasconcelos and Katja Krause.