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 “Friends of Sarah Maldoror and Mario de Andrade”

‘’In the life of any individual, family, community or society, memory is of fundamental importance.  It is the fabric of identity’’ – Nelson Mandela

Founded in 2019, the Association “Friends of Sarah Maldoror and Mario de Andrade” focuses on preserving memory, encouraging dialogue and developing legacy work of this 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 Bragança, Nelson Mandela, Mario de Andrade

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Exposição Sarah Maldoror : Cinema Tricontinental (Anna Tje, Chloé Quenum, Maya Mihindou et Sarah Maldoror)

Exposição Sarah Maldoror : Cinema Tricontinental (Anna Tje, Chloé Quenum, Maya Mihindou et Sarah Maldoror)

EN : After the Palais de Tokyo, the exhibition Sarah Maldoror tricontinentale moves to Lisbon from September 8 to November 22, 2022 FR : Après le Palais de Tokyo, l’exposition Sarah Maldoror tricontinentale se déplace à Lisbonne du 8 septembre au 22 novembre 2022 PORT : Depois do Palácio de Tóquio, a exposição Sarah Maldoror tricontinentale

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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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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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Rest in Power, Sarah Maldoror (1929-2020)
Rest in Power, Sarah Maldoror (1929-2020)

The Screen Worlds team would like to express our most heartfelt gratitude to the pioneering filmmaker Sarah Maldoror, who passed away in Paris this week from Covid-19 complications. Sarah was the first woman of colour to direct a feature film in Africa and became respectfully known as the Matriarch of African Cinema.  After working as

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  • Henda Ducados, Sarah Maldoror, Annouchka de Andrade, Clara Maffre
  • CABRAL et MARIO
  • photo-interrogatoire
  • Mario pont Paris
  • Sarah pensée
  • Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela
  • Sight & Sound Article
  • Gun for Banta

To Sarah Maldoror…who, camera in hand, fights oppression, alienation
and defies human bullshit

Lisa SmithNY
The New Inquiry

Though her name remains unfamiliar to most, the French­born 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