• Fri 04​ 05​ 2018 •
Spell Reel Filipa César & Sana Na N’Hada


96', in various languages with English subtitles

Venue: Filmclub 813 in der Brücke, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Cologne 7 €

Moderation by Katrin Mundt

In cooperation with Filmclub 813 in der Brücke

In 2011, an audiovisual archive resurfaced in the West African city of Bissau. What is left of the material, which was almost completely destroyed, bears witness to the beginnings of a Guinean cinema that saw itself as a part of the political struggle for liberation during the period from 1963 to 1974. This conforms to the notion that poet, politician, and independence fighter Amílcar Cabral ascribed to the medium of film. With the Guinean filmmakers San Na N’Hada and Flora Gomes as well as many others, Filipa César has resurrected the remnants of the archive, embarking on a journey that conveys unique documents from the past to a present where they become a visionary prism.

The archival material was initially digitized in Berlin, and then ‒ in the form of an itinerant cinema ‒ was shown, critiqued, and discussed in different locations in Guinea-Bissau. Spell Reel is the result of a multilayered and collective research project that returns to the places in which the original films were made, showing them in public for the first time – often with the filmmaker present. Between remote villages in Guinea-Bissau and European capitals, a mobile transnational cinema emerges, turning the archive into a place where people seek alternative concepts to a world in a state of emergency.

FILIPA CÉSAR (* 1975 in Porto) studied painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Porto and at the Faculdade de Belas Artes at the University of Lisbon. In 2008, she completed her master’s degree in the Art in Context department at University of the Arts in Berlin. As an artist, Filipa César has shown internationally in solo and group shows since 2001; since 2007, she has also worked as a filmmaker. She lives and works in Berlin.

The film director and author SANA NA N’HADA (* 1950 in Enxalé, Guinea-Bissau) numbers among the pioneers of Guinean cinema. In the 1960s he was engaged in the country’s independence movement, taking up the study of filmmaking with the aim of documenting the struggle against the Portuguese colonial regime. His films include, among others, O Regresso de Amílcar Cabral (1976), Xime (1994), Kadjike (2013) and Os Escultores de Espíritos (2015). He wrote the screenplay for Filipa César’s Spell Reel.