Africa in Motion
10th Anniversary: Death Metal Angola + Intro
Fri 18 November 2022
Death Metal Angola
Following nearly 40 years of civil war, peace and reconstruction are slowly arriving in Angola. Damaged first by the war for independence from Portugal, Angola then endured a devastating civil war that orphaned thousands of children. Huambo, Angola’s second-largest city, finds 55 of these children in the Okutiuka orphanage under the care of Sonia Ferreira. Sonia’s boyfriend, Wilker Flores, is a death metal guitarist who uses the brutal sounds and rhythms of this hardcore music as a path to healing, or, as Sonia says, “to clear out the debris from all these years of war.”
Death Metal Angola tracks Wilker and Sonia’s dream – to stage Angola’s first-ever national rock concert, bringing together members from different strands of the Angolan hardcore scene from different provinces – as it unfolds in fits and starts against the bombed-out and mined backdrop of the formerly stately Huambo. Rubble and deconstructed spaces provide scenic reminders of why hardcore music has gained a foothold.
What initially looks like a Quixotic undertaking gains momentum, aided by social media and propelled by members of the various branches of the death metal hardcore underground, who join together to stage the event. Raucous and righteous, the film's look at a rock show off the grid is fulfilling, haunting, and real.
Kayus Bankole from Young Fathers will be present to introduce the film.
The film contains some strong language, and discussion of trauma.
Part of Africa in Motion 2022