In the Atlantic Ocean, a tiny island works together to make something beautiful out of nothing: a Carnival. The days before the Carnival are hectic. The locals reuse everything they can to spice up the event. And although many problems arise, especially due to a lack of money, imagination does its job. Tchinda Andrade and her friends Elvis Tolentino and Edinha Pitanga are the soul of this Carnival. They will all guide the audience throughout this fascinating trip to an unknown side of Africa when Cape Verde becomes a “Little Brazil”, as the countries most acclaimed singer, Cesária Évora, defined in one of her most famous “mornas”.
Best Pitch, Zagreb Dox, Croatia, 2014; Grand Jury Award, Outfest Los Angeles, USA, 2015;
Best Feature Documentary, Chicago Reeling, USA, 2015;
Best Documentary, MiradasDoc, Canary Islands, Spain, 2015;
Best Work, Best Direction, Audience Award, LesGaiCineMad Madrid, Spain, 2015;
Best Documentary, Cape Verdean American Film Festival, USA, 2015;
Audience Award, Canbegay Festival, Canary Islands, Spain, 2016;
Maysles Brothers Documentary Award, Belfast FF, UK, 2016.
Pablo García Pérez de Lara
Born in 1970 in Barcelona, Pablo García Pérez de Lara has directed two full-length films: Fuente Álamo, the Caress of Time (2001), selected in Karlovy Vary, and Butterfly (2007), which was in the official section of Karlovy Vary and San Sebastián. His short film Alicia Portrayed (2002) was included in the Critics’ Week program of the Cannes film festival. He’s been the cinematographer of the acclaimed Familystrip (2009) from Luís Miñarro and The K Effect: Stalin’s Editor (2012) from Valentí Figueres, screened in 60 festivals. He teaches cinema in the school in the Cinema en Curs program.
Fuente Álamo, the Caress of Time, 2001
Alicia Portrayed, 2002
Galicia’s Sound, 2006
Mura, a cinema town, 2010
Forgetting Nonot, 2011
Born in 1983 in Barcelona, Marc Serena is a journalist and normally works as a screenwriter for Spanish TV as TVC, TVE and Barcelona TV. He has just published Un-African love? (2014). His previous book, Trip to the 25 (2011), received great success in Asia, where it has been published in Chinese and Korean. He has directed the web documentary Double Epidemic (2015).
Double Epidemic, 2015
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Cape Verde/ Spain, 2015, 94’
in Cape Verdean creole w/ Eng./Arm. subtitles
Directors & Writers: Pablo García Pérez de Lara, Marc Serena
Producers: Yolanda Olmos, Marc Serena
Director of Photography: Pablo García Pérez de Lara
Editor: Pablo García Pérez de Lara
Sound: Verónica Font, Marc Serena
Production company: Doble Banda