Tchoboli E Sarissari
Principe ouro negro & Presidente Gasolina
"I Love Kuduro" is a film about the Angolan creativity
The film "I Love Kuduro" directed by brothers Mário and Pedro Patrocínio, premiered in Portuguese movies last Thursday. "I Love Kuduro" was shot in Angola and presents the origin of the kuduro phenomenon.
"Angola is alive and dancing. And that's the magic of kuduro." This film introduces us to kids of devastated neighborhoods by a civil war who became stars, and children who dream that one day they will be able to achieve success. We are shown a country that seems to have so much of dramatic as of creative.
"It was all contradictory and so we had to go talk to people, and look for all those who are alive and who somehow were the first of this movement", says Pedro Patrocínio, explaining that numerous interviews were made, not only with kuduristas but with witnesses of the kuduro expansion.
On the other hand, Mario Patrocínio states that "what we normally know about Africa is negative. Because it speaks of war, famine, poverty, violence, and now Ebola. We forget that there are also contemporary societies with artists in all areas". "If we all knew much more about each other, the approach would be much greater. Culture can help in this regard, to break down barriers", argues the director.
Pedro Patrocínio adds that "kuduro is very different from all musical cultures, there you assimilate not only the music itself but also the lifestyle", advancing that each neighborhood has its own way to live and to make kuduro, with songs that sometimes seem so simple but often send messages of value to the country. "It has a lot of strength and they have a lot of creativity in this respect, they have the ability to pick up on things and give them their own color. They approach things without prejudice and in a simple way."
"I Love Kuduro" premiered with great success at the International Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro, the largest film festival in Latin America, and at Portugal, in DocLisboa. The film has made an international career, having been displayed in the International Film Festival in Guadalajara, one of the most important film festivals in the Spanish-speaking world, and in the HotDocs International Film Festival, the largest film festival in North America. Recently, "I Love Kuduro" won the award for Best Cinematography - Film on Cineport Festival in Brazil.