This project by Kiluanji Kia Henda is a poetic journey into a moment in time and space, both utopian and dystopian: 1975 in Luanda, Angola’s capital. After a liberation war and the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, it is the year before Angola finally became independent from its colonizer. The film describes an choking condition from the perspective of a Portuguese individual who is about to leave the country where he lived his whole live and who contrary to the independent Angolans who lived a utopian moment, saw no future. But he also doesn’t know where to go. Inspired by the first chapter of the book of the Polish journalist and writer Rychard Kapuscinsky, “Another Day of Life – Angola 1975”, this film also transports the images of modernist architecture of Luanda into the past. At the start of the projection the narrator wakes up from a nightmare, only to see that reality is just as hopeless as his dream world. It is his last day in the city and he is hesitant to leave.
Simon Rittmeier is a German filmmaker and artist. He grew up in Erlangen, Germany. After high school he worked in
Rwanda as a social worker. Returning to Germany he studied Visual Communication and Film at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg and the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. 2009 he received an artist scholarship at Havana, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. He currently lives and works in Paris.
Image credits: J.W. Bantz