As the 2013 opening film in its African Perspectives series, AfricAvenir presents the Namibian Premiere of Cabralista – Present & Collective Memory, In Memory of Amilcar Cabral, on Saturday, 26 January in Windhoek.
This film from Cape Verde is directed by Valerio Lopes and produced by Henrique Teixeira de Freitas and Lopes.
Cabral is considered a revolutionary theoretician as significant as Frantz Fanon and Che Guevara, whose influence reverberated far beyond the African continent. More than a guerrilla leader, Cabral was highly regarded internationally as one of the most prominent African thinkers of the 20th century and for his intellectual contributions aimed at formulating a coherent cultural, philosophical and historical theoretical framework to justify and explain independence movements. This is reflected in his various writings and public interventions.
At the 1966 Tricontinental Conference in Havana, former Cuban prime minister and communist revolutionary Fidel Castro had this to say about Cabral: “Comrade Amilcar Cabral was one of the most lucid and brilliant leaders in Africa, who instilled in us tremendous confidence in the future and the success of his struggle for liberation.’
As Cabral was assassinated on 20 Janaury 1973, AfricAvenir has decided to commemorate this African writer, philosopher and politician, who laid some of the ground works for the liberation of the lusophone African countries.
The film won the Cape Verde International Film Festival for Best Documentary in 2011.
AfricAvenir’s screening will take place on 26 January at 19h00 at Windhoek’s Goethe Centre Auditorium, Fidel Castro Street 1-5. The entrance fee is 30 Namibian dollars.