Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 151: Thu Oct 14

Sambizanga (Maldoror, 1972): BFI Southbank, Studio, 5.30pm

65th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (6th - 17th October 2021) DAY 9

Every day (from October 6th to October 17th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

This film also screens at BFI Soutbank on October 12th. Full details here.

BFI review:

Set in the weeks leading up to the guerrilla war for independence, Sambizanga focuses on the plight of a young couple. Domingos (Domingos de Oliveira), a member of the liberation movement, is arrested, interrogated, brutally beaten and sent to the dreaded Luanda prison by Portuguese authorities. Not knowing of her husband’s fate, Maria (Elisa Andrade) and her child relentlessly search for him, from village to village and navigating a web of colonial bureaucracy. Sarah Maldoror’s early theatre work led her to study film with Ousmane Sembène and Sambizanga, based on a book by Portuguese-Angolan author and activist José Luandino Vieira, is a passionate dramatisation of a pivotal moment in Angola’s fight for freedom.

Julie Pearce

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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