On an empty road, on the way to school, a girl rides alone with a mask on her face. On this road, children's voices are heard. Interspersed with laughter and screams echo of other voices, on the radio, on television. They announce the State of Emergency in Angola and the number of people killed and infected by the Coronavirus in the world. And in that same world of masks, there is an urgent word: “WHY”. Whether it's a question, whether it's a statement, we don't know. No one will come up with an answer. But the voices continue to echo. They accompany the places, the voids, the silences that do not remain silent. Whether at school, on swings, or in the place where ghosts now live. For those places of absence, where fear roars, where affections are crimes, the real emergency is in the eyes that the masks do not hide.

Director: Nuno Barreto
Length: 04:00
Country: Angola
Language: Portuguese
Year: 2020

Additional Info

Director Biography: Nuno Barreto founded the movie brand FILMES SEM FUTURO (FSF) in the south of Angola with the objective of creating cinematographic experiences with the local artistic community and in particular with the theatre troupes. The philosophy of FSF is to work with the minimum of technical resources and preferably with no money in order to not find any excuses not to film stories. The objectives of FSF are to bring visibility to the local artists and democratize and decentralize the cinema in Angola. FILMES SEM FUTURO has made 12 short films, 6 video clips, 25 satiric sketches called "Mbuanjaria", several spots for cultural events and has participated in several international film festivals all over the world.

Director Statement: Filmed in the middle of a State of Emergency, using only a smartphone, but hand in hand with the dream and reality, “WHY” does not seek to provide answers. Only the commitment to resistance cinema, courage against fear. To feel again that we are not alone. That we are with others.

Producer: Filmes Sem Futuro
Writer: Nuno Barreto
Cast: Iris Barreto

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