The story of a woman who searches through the country for her husband, a resistant, while the war for independence is raging. She finds him at last and saves his life. When peace finally arrives, they have to learn how to be together again and start living in a destroyed land.

Original Title Mortu Nega
German Title Mortu Nega
French Title Mortu Nega
Other Titles Mortu Nega
Directed by Flora Gomes
Country Guinea-Bissau
Available Formats 35mm, DVD, DCP
Screenplay Flora Gomes
Production Instituto Nacional do Cinema da Guiné Bissau; Cooperativa Arco Irís
Runtime 92 Min.
Language Portugiesisch, Kreolisch
Actors
Tunu Eugenio Almada
Bia Gomes
Awards

Venice Film Festival (2 Honorable Mentions); Oumarou Ganda Prize - FESPACO; Best Actress, Bia Gomes in FESPACO; Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, Tunis (bronze Tanit award)
Festivals
Venice Film Festival; FESPACO; Belgian Cinedecouvertes; London Film Festival; Seattle International Film Festival, Tarifa Film Festival - Spain; Africa In the Picture - The Netherlands

«L'appel aux morts permet à Diminga de faire le bilan et de poser les vraies questions. Pourquoi les amis dans la guerre ne sont plus des amis dans la paix? Comment garder la volonté d'unité, la disponibilité, la solidarité qui ont fait la force des combattants? Comment aussi préserver la dimension culturelle introduite par Cabral dans la résistance? Pour Diminga, cette cérémonie signifie qu'elle garde l'espoir. D'ailleurs, à la fin du film, il pleut. Les enfants rient et dansent sous la pluie. La pluie, les enfants, il nous reste au moins l'espoir. A nous de le faire exister.» Flora Gomes

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