Done in the style of an African folk tale, this film, a collaboration between European and African countries, is said to be among the most elaborate, high tech film in African film. ...
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Done in the style of an African folk tale, this film, a collaboration between European and African countries, is said to be among the most elaborate, high tech film in African film. Exquisitely photographed and filled with archetypal figures to create a poetic look at nature's revenge against those who would exploit her. It is set in the forest village of Amanha Lundju, a place where the birth of children is celebrated by the planting of a tree. The trees are considered spiritual twins. But for every tree planted, the rapacious state destroys many more for firewood and lumber.
This film from the African country of Guinea Bissau is pretty impressive, with an intriguing story full of gorgeous shots and camera moves. The film is told in the manner of a folktale, and is about tree worship and the migration of a tribe in search of better lands, among other things. The scene of the women singing in the river is wonderful. Director Flora Gomes (who, by the way, is a man, despite his name) is surely a talent to watch.
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