A contemporary dance film produced by Angolan film collective Geração80 (Generation 80): How can questions of cultural origin and one’s own identity be expressed through dance moves? Five dancers from the Companhia de Dança Contemporânea de Angola seek to answer this question in preparation for a theatre performance, drawing on both modern and traditional forms of dance. They perform in various locations in Angola that represent important aspects of the country’s cultural history. They use public spaces – both rural and industrial – to present, through artistic means, a personal dichotomy between preserving and deconstructing traditions.

In cooperation with Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua (Portugal) and Portugiesisch-Brasilianisches Institut der Universität zu Köln

PARA LÁ DOS MEUS PASSOS (BEYOND MY STEPS) Direction: Kamy Lara, digital, OF m. engl. UT, 70 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.