45th edition 27 January - 7 February 2016

Death Metal AngolaSS-2013 

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War-ravaged and potentially the richest country in Africa, Angola is the epicentre of the African hardcore music scene. Two people running an orphanage have a dream. They are going to mount the first-ever national rock concert. Tue 29, 18:15-19:45, Scopitone Café, free entrance, Kleine Zaal Schouwburg

After a fourteen-year struggle for independence followed by more than a quarter-century of civil war, Angola is a country sunk in devastation. Hardcore death metal, thrash metal and melodic death-core: this is the music of a generation of people growing up with the failed promises of the post-war world in Angola. They consider themselves on the brink of a new history, but are disappointed by failed attempts to reconstruct their country after the war. Through music and the truth it expresses, they are picking up the fragments and starting to tell a compelling new story.
Huambo was one of the hardest-hit cities in the war, and is where the orphanage is situated, and so there is great symbolic importance in having this concert here. Far from the nihilist connotations we attach to death metal, in this context it is very much a life-affirming event.

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Angola, USA 2012
DirectorJeremy Xido
ProducerJeremy Xido
 Joseph Castelo
 David Gallagher
 Coalition Films
SalesCoalition Films
CastSónia Ferreira
 Wilker Flores
 Yuri Almeida
 Alberto Jongolo
 Queirós Ladino Cumpanhe
 Jayro Cardoso
 Wilson Pipas
PhotographyJohan LeGraie, Jeremy Xido
EditorTodd Holmes
Sound designTimothy Bright
MusicChristian Frederickson
Film formatHDcam
2013 Signals: Sound Stages European premiere
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