Acto dos Feitos da Guiné / Acts of Guinea-Bissau
(Docu-fiction, Portugal, 1980, 86', C, Fr ST)
by Fernando Matos Silva
with José Gomes and Virgílio Massinge
The Carnation Revolution is over. Independent Guinea-Bissau is in the grip of violent rifts. Matos reviews the images he shot 10 years ago: the landscapes of water and land, the gestures of the peasant, the traditional dance, the typographers of the printing press, the dancing of the dancers, the streets of Bissau. Acto dos Feitos da Guiné combines a personal and historical perspective. The diary of the young captain filmmaker dialogue with a theatrical, ironic and offbeat gesture, of emblematic figures of imperial history to which respond archival and documentary images, especially directors who have toured with the separatist guerrilha.
«Acto dos Feitos da Guiné is a huge travelling through five hundred years of history, a huge tragedy of pleasure and death. The characters come from the past to intervene in the present. It is also a look at our apocalypse.» Fernando Matos Silva
Acto dos Feitos da Guiné is the first Portuguese feature film on colonization, war and independence. “It’s a combat film, to tell the truth, that we had to talk about at the time. What colonialism is, the presence of the white man in Africa.”