Sarah was the first woman of colour
to direct a feature film in Africa
Sarah became known as the
Matriarch of African Cinema
Mario de Andrade, as a poet, critic,
and political activist
expressed the struggle for
independence of the people of
Angola from colonial rule
The voice of the oppressed and of the dissidents, the filmmaker Sarah Maldoror, a pioneer of PanAfrican cinema, passed on April 13, 2020, of complications from coronavirus. Her luminous cinematic oeuvre, including more than 40 films, reveals a valiant fighter, curious about everything, generous, sassy, very caring about others, who crossed all sorts of boundaries with her poetic approach.read full bio
None of de Andrade’s writings have yet been officially translated into English. One may read about his work in both the political and literary spheres in the shortbiographical entry in Donald E. Herdeck’s (ed.) African Authors, published by Black Orpheus press in 1973. The Portuguese version of “Song of Sabalu” translated into English here is published in Presence Africaine (1966).read full bio
Association ā€œFriends of Sarah Maldoror and Mario de Andradeā€

ā€˜ā€™In the life of any individual, family, community or society, memory is of fundamental importance.Ā  It is the fabric of identityā€™ā€™ – Nelson Mandela

Founded in 2019, the AssociationĀ “Friends of Sarah Maldoror and Mario de Andrade”Ā focuses on preserving memory, encouraging dialogue and developing legacy workĀ of thisĀ extraordinary couple whose lives have impregnated and crossed those of the main thinkers of the 20th century in Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Led by daughters Annouchka de Andrade and Henda Ducados, the Association’s main purpose is to feed the larger public with upcoming events regarding their parents as well as providing public access to information on films festivals and debates.

Crucial to the Mission of the Association is to ensure that the intellectual legacy of the couple lives on to the benefit of the larger public.

Nelson Mandela

Aquino de BraganƧa, Nelson Mandela, Mario de Andrade

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The inauguration on May 2, 2022 of the personal library of Mario de Andrade

The inauguration on May 2, 2022 of the personal library of Mario de Andrade

The inauguration on May 2, 2022 of the personal library of Mario de Andrade in the National Center of Archives in Luanda (Angola). Both daughters have deposited into the Angolan center of archives almost 2000 books gathered by their father all along his life. This personal library aims to respond to the will of our

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The inauguration on May 2, 2022 of the personal library of Mario de Andrade
The inauguration on May 2, 2022 of the personal library of Mario de Andrade

The inauguration on May 2, 2022 of the personal library of Mario de Andrade in the National Center of Archives in Luanda (Angola). Both daughters have deposited into the Angolan center of archives almost 2000 books gathered by their father all along his life. This personal library aims to respond to the will of our

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Sambizanga and Monanagambeee presented in Luanda (Angola- May 2022)
Sambizanga and Monanagambeee presented in Luanda (Angola- May 2022)

In the mark of “Luanda – capital of culture” (CPLP), two films of Sarah Maldoror has been presented by her daughters Annouchka de Andrade and Henda Ducados in Luanda. An occasionĀ to present the restored copy of Sambizanga (April 30) in presence of Manuel Videira who plays the policeman chief. The secretary of culture Maria Jesus

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Cinema and freedom: the retrospective of Sarah Maldoror’s legacy at IndieLisboa, in Lisbon
Cinema and freedom: the retrospective of Sarah Maldoror’s legacy at IndieLisboa, in Lisbon

Filmmaker Sarah Maldoror raises her voice again, for so many people who remain silent, during our next edition. IndieLisboa – International Film Festival and Cinemateca Portuguesa present her cinematographic work – most of it – with some of her films still to be located. A retrospective full of revolution and hope, a look at a

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  • Sambizanga
  • Sarah-Maldoror-and-AimeĢ-CeĢsaire
  • Sarah-on-the-set-of-A-Bissau-le-carnaval
  • Sarah-couleurs-Leningrad
  • Henda Ducados, Sarah Maldoror, Annouchka de Andrade, Clara Maffre
  • CABRAL et MARIO
  • photo-interrogatoire
  • Mario pont Paris
  • Sarah penseĢe
  • Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela
  • Sight & Sound Article
  • Gun for Banta

To Sarah Maldororā€¦who, camera in hand, fights oppression, alienation
and defies human bullshit

Lisa SmithNY
The New Inquiry

Though her name remains unfamiliar to most, the FrenchĀ­born filmmaker's work is central to postcolonial African cinema

Sight & Sound

Maldoror brought to the screen the "shadow songs" of negritude and the liberation struggles of African countries.

John McGillTX
Cahiers Du Cinema