Filmed in the Angola of 1961, Sambizanga is Sarah Maldoror’s first film, co-written by her husband, a leader in the Angolan resistance. The story focuses of a happy young African couple; one day the husband is arrested for political reasons and interrogated in the dreaded Luanda prison (with Introductory remarks by Arif Smith).
Arif Smith is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. His performance- and video-based work centers on diasporic citizenship and African-rooted performance practices, exploring notions of blackness, co-presence, and marronage. Currently, he is an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and Program Manager at Old Town School of Folk Music. He is also a member of Bomba con Buya and Iré Elese Abure.
(This film is apart of the TRICONTINENTAL ’66 and OTHER ACTS OF LIBERATION Exhibition in collaboration w/ HotHouse)