Death Metal Angola

Documentary | USA 2013 | 86' | Subtitled English

The Central African nation of Angola has been ravaged for decades by a gruesome civil war costing millions upon millions of lives. Bomb raids, land mines, snipers, dying family and friends, streets full of corpses – everyone here has some nightmare stories to tell. And a couple of young artists seems to have found the perfect outlet: martial Metal music with traumatized lyrics. The music is a knowingly extreme attack on the listener, both outcry and duplicate of the war sounds – a collective strategy of coping with the horrors.  American documentary filmmaker Jeremy Xido contrasts his loud subject with serene imagery as he follows the two Metal fans Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores, who normally are in charge of an orphanage, but got it into their heads to organize the first ever national Death Metal festival in Angola – in Huambo, of all places, a still bombed out city. The result is sometimes drily funny, sometimes inspirational and dreamlike but always fascinating to watch.

Producer
Jeremy Xido, Joseph Castelo
Director
Jeremy Xido
Script
Jeremy Xido
Photography
Johan Legrai, Jeremy Xido
Editor
Todd Holmes
Sound
Oswald Juliana, Timothy Bright
Music
Christian Frederickson
Principal Cast
Sonia Ferreira, Wilker Flores, Alberto Jongolo, Jayro Cardoso, Queiros Ladino Cumpanhe
Production Companies
Cabula6/Coalition Films

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Selected filmography Jeremy Xido

CRIME EUROPE (2006), MACONDO (2007), DRAMA QUEEN (2010)