José Miguel RIBEIRO Portugal, Belgium, France, Netherlands 83 mins NC16 (Some Nudity) Southeast Asian Premiere
A powerful animation about three generations of Angolan women scarred by the 25-year civil war and the effects of intergenerational trauma.
1995, Angola. Leaving behind her mother and two-year-old daughter Yara, Nayola joins the civil war in search of her husband who left to fight the war but is now missing. Sixteen years later, teenager Yara is an aspiring political rapper living with her grandmother, making music that lambasts the social conditions in contemporary Angola.
Nayola tells the story of three women who are affected in different ways by the country’s 25-year civil war. Employing an eclectic visual style that embraces fantasy even in the face of grim realities, the animation weaves together dream sequences and the otherworldliness of ancestral cultures. Backgrounded by the beautiful Angolan landscape, Nayola delivers a powerful and moving tale about intergenerational war trauma.
José Miguel RIBEIRO
José Miguel RIBEIRO is a Portuguese animation filmmaker. His 1999 short film A Suspeita won the Cartoon d’Or, among other accolades. He is a co-founder of production company Sardinha em Lata. Nayola, his feature debut, premiered at Annecy Animation Film Festival and won Best International Animated Feature Film at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.