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The documentary MAMA DAN SO QUE SORRISO by Cameroonian director Cyrielle Raingou explores memories of the Portuguese colonial rule in São Tomé, as well as a mother-daughter relationship that transcends space, time, dimensions and death. Isabel Cardoso and Joacine Katar Moreira connect this relationship with Black femininity and the struggle for justice in Portugal.


With director Cyrielle Raingou and curator Beatriz de Medeiros Silva in attendance

MAMA DAN SO QUE SORRISO Direction: Cyrielle Raingou, digital, OmeU, 18 min


Cyrielle Raingou

Cyrielle Raingou is a Cameroonian filmmaker passionate about African cultural identity. She uses legends, metaphor and the symbolism of animals to unearth the complexity and mystery within humans. Her first feature length documentary LE SPECTRE DE BOKO HARAM focuses on the life in a war zone from children perspective. She holds master’s degrees in law and in documentary film directing. After several short films selected and premiered at important international festivals, the last ones MAMA DAN SO QUE SORRISO (2022) and  LE SPECTRE DE BOKO HARAM (2023) had their world premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023, where it won the Tiger award.

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.