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Guinea-Bissau

Mortu Nega. (Guinea-Bissau , 1988)

Directed by Flora Gomes. Cast: Bia Gomes, Eugenio Almada, Uri Mamadu Baldo, M'Male Nhasse. "In 1973, independence was proclaimed, ending five centuries of Portuguese colonization and a decade of armed struggle. [This film], Gomes' first feature-length film, portrays this critical period in history through the story of one woman, Diminga, whose husband is fighting on the front lines. The camera captures Cabral's assassination, the ending of hostilities, and the reconstruction of the economically and spiritually devastated country struggling with drought and famine.

The Blue Eyes of Yonta (Udju Azul di Yonta) (Guinea-Bissau, 1991)

A film by Flora Gomes. Cast: Maysa Marta, Pedro Dias, António Simão Mendes, Mohamed Lamine Seidi, Bia Gomes. Uses the device of a young woman's search for the author of a love letter to explore the political and social environment in the former Portuguese overseas province of Portuguese Guinea, now the independent country of Guinea-Bissau. In Crioulo with English subtitles. 92 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Blue Eyes of Yonta (Udju Azul di Yonta) (Library of African Cinema)

Uses the device of a young woman's search for the author of a love letter to explore the political and social environment in the former Portuguese overseas province of Portuguese Guinea, now the independent country of Guinea-Bissau. 1994. 92 min.
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Wind of Change: The End of Colonialism in Africa

Discusses nationalism in black Africa through the experiences of the Gold Coast, French Guinea, and the Belgian Congo, the first colonies to gain independence after World War II. Also considers the effects on Africa of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union. Features commentary by UN dignitary Sir Brian Urquhart, historians Mahmood Mamdani and Jean Fremigacci and authors William Blum and Keith Kyle. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2002. 57 min.