The Viking Club is pleased to inform its members and friends that the official premiere in Angola of the powerful new Swedish/South African film about coming to terms with the horrors and sacrifices of the Angolan Civil War MY HEART OF DARKNESS will be on Sunday, 20 November 2011, at 18.30 at the Cine Atlantico. The film, which Viking Club members had an exclusive opportunity to see in advance in September, is being shown as part of the Luanda Film Festival, along with other Swedish films being screened that same day. The co-producer of the film who plays a leading role in it, Marius Van Niekerk, will be present at the premiere. All are invited and welcome.

November 20, 18:30, Cine Atlantico, Luanda

Four veterans of Angola’s civil war, from different sides, journey by boat down the Kwando River on a voyage through their past and its nightmares. Once they tried to kill each other, but 20 years later the former enemies are searching for understanding, forgiveness and reconciliation. Shot against a spectacular backdrop of African savannah, MY HEART OF DARKNESS is a film about unthinkable suffering and brutality, of disappointment, but most of all of hope. Of how a common fate and shared traumas steer the course of four lives on a journey that will change them for ever.

 

Luanda International Film Festival kicks off Saturday, November 19 and runs to Wednesday, November 23, at Cine Atlantico and at Auditório Pepetela located in the Instituto Camões at the Portuguese Embassy. Visit www.ficluanda.org/index.php and www.ficluanda.org/programacao.php for details.

* indicates Angolan film

Cine – Atlântico

Dia 19 Saturday
15h00 – Arte Xavega- O Chamamento do Mar
15h35 – A Ponte uma Historia de Ferryboat Bagamoyo
16h15 – Hepicat ( Aquele que tudo vê)
16h30 – A menina dos olhos grandes
17h55 – Perro Flaco
19h40 – O Barão (The Baron)
Dia 20 Sunday
15h00 – Stocktown X Svdafrika
15h35 – Xilunguine, A terra prometida
16h10 – Alfama
16h30 – Taxi Sister
17h10 – Los Ulisses
18h33 – Le Bonheur d’Elza’s happiness
*19h55 – Os pastores do deserto
*20h20 – O contador de historias: Um passeio inesquecivel
Dia 21 Monday
15h00 – El Bohio
15h20 – Lobolo
15h50 – Secuencia 27
16h05 – La Mia Mantia
16h40 – Lingua Mãe
*19h00 – Quem Somos
*19h35 – Os Emplastros
Dia 22 Tuesday
15h00 – Fuera de Cuadro
15h15 – Ekwapa
15h25 – Voodoo
16h00 – Dina
16h30 – Mais Ruidoso que uma bomba
19h00 – Crianças em terra de ninguem
*19h50 – A Inocência de Mila
Dia 23 Wednesday
15h00 – Eden
16h10 – Garagouz
16h35 – Chikwembo
17h30 – Neve Shaanan
*19h00 – Viagem ao Kuroca
*19h35 – Forasteiro

Details: 

International Section

Documentários

Arte Xavega -O Chamamento do Mar : Paulo Cesar Fajardo – Portugal – 26 minutos – 2010
A Ponte uma historia do Ferryboat Bagamoyo : Diana Manhiça – Moçambique – 38 minutos – 2010
Stocktown X Svdafrika : Teddy Goitom – Eritreia/Suecia – 30 minutos – 2011
Xilunguine, A terra prometida : Inaldeso Cossa – Moçambique – 31 minutos – 2011
El Bohio : Carlos Y. Rodriguez – Cuba – 14 minutos – 2010
Lingua Mãe : Fernando Weller / Leo Falção – Brasil – 81 minutos – 2010
Fuera de Cuadro: Marcio Laranjeira – Argentina/Portugal – 10 minutos – 2010
Ekwapa : Luis Chaves – Moçambique – 5 minutos – 2010
Crianças em terra de ninguém : Anayansi Prado – EUA – 40 minutos – 2010
Eden: Daniel Blaufuks – Portugal – 67 minutos – 2011
Neve Shaanan: Hila Waldman – Israel – 33 minutos – 2010
Los Ulisses: Alberto Garcia Hortiz – Espanha – 83 minutos – 2011
Taxi Sister : Theresa Traoré Dahlberg – Senegal – 30 minutos – 2011 ESTREIA – saiba mais

Short Movies

Hepicat (Aquele que tudo Vê): Nuno Portugal – Portugal – 12 minutos – 2010
Lobolo: Michele Mathison – Moçambique – 27 minutos – 2010
Alfama: João Viana – Portugal – 16 minutos – 2010
Secuencia 27 : Eduardo Zamora – Costa Rica / Espanha – 11 minutos – 2011
La Mia Mantia: Andre Paduano / Giulio Vita – Italia/Espanha – 30 minutos – 2011
Voodoo: Sandro Aguilar – Portugal – 32 minutos – 2010
Dina: Mickey Fonseca – Moçambique – 23 minutos – 2010
Garagouz: Abdenour Zahzah – Argelia – 22 minutos – 2010

Feature Length Films

Perro Flaco: Ernesto Martin – Espanha – 95 minutos – 2011
A Menina dos Olhos Grandes : Alexis Tsafa / Fonseca Soares – Grecia/ Cabo Verde – 83 minutos – 2010
Le Bonheur D’Elza’s Happiness: Mariette Monpierre – Guadalupe – 78 minutos – 2011
Mais Ruidoso que uma bomba: Greg Jacobs / Jon Siskel – EUA – 97 minutos – 2010
Chikwembo: Julio Silva – Moçambique – 65 minutos – 2010
O Barão (The Baron): Edgar Pêra – Portugal – 94 minutos – 2011

* National Section

Documentários

Quem Somos : Chico Junior – Angola – 30 minutos – 2010
Pastores do Deserto : Tando Minguiedy – Angola – 22 minutos – 2011
Viagem ao Kuroca : Nguxi dos Santos- Angola- 47 minutos – 2010

Shorts

O Contador de Historia – Um Passeio Inesquecivel: Analtina Dias – Angola – 49 minutos – 2010
Forasteiro : Mafuta Paulo – Angola – 52 minutos – 2010

Feature Length

Por Aqui tudo Bem: Pocas Pascoal – Angola – 93 minutos – 2011 – Filme de Abertura do Festival
Os Emplastros : Alberto Botelho – Angola – 104 minutos – 2010
A Inocência de Mila : Kivoma Gerão – Angola – 97 minutos – 2010

Extra Films

Auditório Pepetela – Instituto Camões at Portuguese Embassy 19 – 23 November

Dia 19 – Saturday

15h45 – Giulia Non Esce la Sera; Giuseppe Piccioni – 100 minutos – Itália
17h30 – Diosos Rotos; Manuel Angueira – 110 minutos – Cuba

Dia 20 – Sunday

16h00 – Operacion Diablo – Sthephani Boyd, 70 minutos – Peru
17h30 – Das 9 às 5 – Rodrigo Lacerda / Rita Alcaire – 52 minutos – Portugal

Dia 21 – Monday

16h00 – Fordlândia; Maninho Andrade – 48 minutos – Brasil
16h50 – Malagasy Gospel; Carlos Esbert – 90 minutos – Espanha/Madagascar

Dia 22 – Tuesday

16h30 – Zao Arrive au Mbougui; David Pierre Fila – 55 minutos – RDC
17h30 – La mujer sin piano; Lola Mayo – 90 minutos – Espanha/França

Dia 23 – Wednesday

17h30 – Roble de Olor; Rigoberto Lopes – 138 minutos – Cuba

The Viking Club and the Angola Field Group are proud to invite you to an exclusive restricted showing in Angola of a powerful new film about coming to terms with the horrors and sacrifices of the Angolan Civil War – My Heart of Darkness. Made by by Steffan Julén and Marius Niekerk, this Swedish/South African production is just doing the rounds at international film festivals.

Four veterans of Angola’s civil war, from different sides, journey by boat down the Kwando river on a voyage through their past and its nightmares. Once they tried to kill each other, but twenty years later the former enemies are searching for understanding, forgiveness and reconciliation. Shot against a spectacular backdrop of African savannah, My Heart of Darkness is a film about unthinkable suffering and brutality, of disappointment, but most of all of hope. Of how a common fate and shared traumas steer the course of four lives on a journey that will change them for ever.

The version of My Heart of Darkness obtained by the Viking Club for this exclusive screening for its members and their guests only – the official premier in Angola will take place later in the year – is in English.

This event is organized by the Viking Club in cooperation with Angola Field Group.

The Viking Club is the oldest recognized voluntary association of expatriates and Angolans in Luanda. Founded in 1991 in the Maianga building by Swedish /Nordic citizens in Angola, its purpose is to promote social and cultural exchange. As a properly constituted association, The Viking Club is enabled to serve refreshments and alcoholic beverages on its premises to its members and guests. While entry for guests is free, they are invited to apply for membership.

The Viking Club is on the main floor of Prédio Sueco Maianga, Rua Marien N’Gouabi No.118, across the street from the new Panela de Barro restaurant. For a map click here.

Time of screening 8 pm sharp, Thursday , 22 September at the Viking Club.

Indigenous Angolan soldiers on parade.

A home in Luanda, no high walls!


Herds of buffalo and elephants roaming Quiçama Park?
Cotton mills and coffee roasteries? Bull fights in Luanda? And no traffic jams in Luanda?  The Angola Field Group presents “A Trip down Memory Lane”, at the Viking Club, Thursday July 28 at 8 pm.

The Customs office indowntown Luanda.

The circle in Cruxeiro with a cross in the middle which was removed during Communist era.

Denis Sanche and Kelse Alexander, Angola Field Group team members will introduce and show a film composed of footage shot in Angola mostly in the 60’s and 70’s, spliced together by  somebody taking a nostalgic look at the country he left behind. This is not a documentary but the film gives an idea of what Angola and especially Luanda, was like during colonial times. The narration is in Portuguese and the sound track features Raúl Endipwo, a member of Duo Ouro Negro, a well known Angolan band in the 1970s.  The video shows clips from all the major Angolan centres including Huambo, Cabinda, Benguela, Namibe, etc. Don’t expect references to independence or the rising feeling of nationalism which existed during the time but do expect to be amazed by the Angola that existed back then. The film was produced in Portugal under the title, NO OUTRO LADO DO TEMPO.

Everybody is welcome to attend the presentation which will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM. If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Club, click here https://angolafieldgroup.com/find-us. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

The view of the Forteleza from the Ilha.

Policeman directing traffic downtown Luanda.

The post office, downtown across from the Rialto pizza, today is under renovations.

Before the war, Quicama National Park had the biggest number of Bicasa buffalo in the world.

All photos are taken from books no longer in circulation.

The Dinosaur Hunters are back.  Thursday, June 30th  you are invited to a presentation at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club, “The Ancient Life of Angola, a Closer Look”. Dr. Louis Jacobs, internationally recognized dinosaur expert who presented to the field group in 2009, will update us on the ‘extraordinarily spectacular’ results uncovered during the team’s last years of fieldwork in Angola. Also, Dr. Michael Polcyn, expert on the giant sea lizards, Mosasaurs, will discuss Angola’s marine reptiles. Both paleontologists teach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA. Click here to download a Word document with more project details including plus presenter bios.

The presentation will kick off with a preview of footage of an upcoming film documenting the paleontological expedition which is known as Projecto PaleoAngola. Projecto PaleoAngola is a collaborative international scientific research program focused on exploring the ancient life of Angola but which also aims to work with Angola’s educational system at all levels to train students and create an interest in science. The rich paleontological finds and the tenacious scientists who uncovered them will be featured in an upcoming documentary  written, directed, and produced by Kalunga Lima of LS films, based in Luanda Angola. Click here to download a PDF project presentation of PaleoAngola or visit www.paleolabs.org/paleoangola for more details.

Everybody is welcome to attend our presentations which are offered in close cooperation with the Viking Club. There is no charge. The talk will be in English. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar. The Viking Bar now opens at 7:30 PM!  (For sale, books by NGOs, in English.)

If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Viking Club, please visit our Join Us page.  The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

 

A dancer in scene choreographed by Ana Clara.

She was just a teenager when the newly independent Angola revolutionary government appointed her to be in charge of the only school of dance in the country. All her dance teachers had fled and suddenly, at the age of 16, Ana Clara Guerra Marques found herself to be the leading lady of dance in the new nation. The Angola Field Group invites you to screen the film Other Moves (Portuguese Outras Frases) at the Viking Club, Thursday April 07, at 8:00 PM.

Film maker Jorge Antonio will introduce his documentary that deals with the recent history of Angola and its influence on Ana Clara’s dance instruction and artistic work. Best of all, you will have a chance to meet the woman who is still at center stage of Angola’s dance world, Ana Clara. She will brief us on the Contemporary Dance Company she founded in 1991 and preview what’s coming up in this new dance season. The film is in Portuguese with English subtitles.

                          Ana Clara, founder of the                                       Contemporary Dance Company of Angola.

Everybody is welcome to attend the presentation. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM. If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Club, click here to go to the Join Us page on this website. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant. We will have books on sale including more copies of Intonations by Dr. Marissa Moorman which comes complete with music CD.


Members of Contemporary Dance Company.

 

First ever full length film documentary on Angola’s giant sable features capture operation.

You are invited to a sneak preview of the documentary film entitled Saving the Giant Sable Antelope, at the Viking Club, Thursday May 13th, at 8 PM*. Shot live on location in Cangangala National Park and the Luando Reserve over a seven month period, culminating in the capture operation last August to rescue Angola’s giant sable from imminent extinction, the film runs approximately 85 minutes and will be presented in English in full high definition. This is still a work-in-progress, and after the screening, filmmaker Kalunga Lima wants to hear your thoughts on the film, ie: is it too long, what didn’t you understand, what needs to be explained more?

Kalunga Lima, General Manager of LS FILMES, is an Angolan filmmaker who grew up in Canada, and has been making films in Angola for 10 years. This is his first Wildlife project.

The giant sable antelope is considered the most majestic of all antelopes and is found nowhere else in the world except in the province of Malanje. For more information visit this website’s Giant Sable page.

Filmmaker Kalunga Lima filming in Luando Reserve. Photo courtesy LS FILMES.

*Please note, due to the length of the film we will begin earlier than usual. The Viking Bar will be open at 7:30PM.
Everybody is welcome to attend this evening In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, $3.00 each. For a location map of the Viking Club visit our website’s Join Us page. The club is on the main floor of the ‘Predio Maianga’ at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

FIC

The Luanda International Film Festival is taking place from November 22 – 29 at the Cine Atlantico, Belas Shopping Cinema and in the Pepetela Auditorium at the Camoes Institute next to the Portuguese embassy. The brand new festival will showcase both new and re-released films from countries including South Africa, Sao Tome, France, Portugal, Brazil, China and of course, Angola.

Continuous screenings of Angolan amateur videos will also run at the Sala Estudio in Cine Atlantic. As well, four days of panel discussions and debates will take to the stage of the Auditorium at the Triple AAA Building in downtown Luanda. And also not to be missed: a photographic exhibition on Angolan cinema, specially prepared by Cinemateca de Angola, will be on display at Cine Atlantico, Cine Place and Auditorio Pepetela.

The Angolan Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia Institute (IACAM) is organizing the festival. Click here to download a pdf of the Festival’s two-page program, which is written in English and Portuguese and includes show times and locations. For more information, you can also call IACAM in Luanda at 222 33 53 05; email direccao@ficluanda.com or visit the English translation of the FIC website here.

Herds of buffalo and elephants roaming Quiçama Park? Bull fights in Luanda? Excursions by comfortable trains across Angola? And no traffic jams in Luanda?

The Angola Field Group presents “A Trip down Memory Lane”, at the Viking Club, Thursday Aug 21 at 8 pm.

Igreja Da Nazar, 1975.

Igreja da Nazare, just off the Marginal next to the Interior Ministry. Luanda, 1975. Photo courtesy Caluanda.

We will show a film composed of footage shot in Angola mostly in the early 1970’s, probably for tourism, and edited some time later by somebody taking a nostalgic look at the country he left behind. This is not a documentary but the film gives some idea of what Angola was like during colonial times. The narration is in Portuguese and the sound track features Raúl Endipwo, a member of Duo Ouro Negro, a well known Angolan band in the 1970s.

Interior do Mercado

Kinaxixi market in the Kinaxixi roundabout, which is now being rebuilt into a shopping mall. Luanda, 1960. Photo courtesy Caluanda.

Introduction and commentary by two Angolan members of our Field Group Team, Denis Sanche and Kelse Alexander.

Everybody is welcome. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are sold at the bar. Drink coupons are available for $10.00 AND $20.00 or the equivalent in kwanzas.

If you would like to download a map (145kb) showing the location of the Viking Club, please visit our sites’ Join Us page or click here. See you there!

Hotel Tourismo located next to Igreja dos Remedios. This hotel, where UNITA was staying, was the site of fighting in 1992 and is still shut down today.

Hotel Tourismo located next to Igreja dos Remedios. This hotel, where UNITA was staying, was the site of fighting in 1992 and is still shut down today. Luanda 1960. Photo courtesy Mario Vaz.