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Memòria negra

The narration by a Guinean in exile, who inherited a river after his father’s death, looks back on his life from afar, his childhood, popular legends, old African beliefs, as a way of providing an introduction to the turbulent history of Equatorial Guinea. The film deals with a little known topic: the Spanish colonisation of the African country and the political, religious and cultural inheritance which has blossomed since independence, from the bloody times of the Francisco Macías dictatorship, to the current regime of Teodoro Obiang, which is backed by the country’s petro-dollars. The turbulent years after the declaration of independence, on the 12th October 1968 which brought the dictator Macías into power, are analysed using unseen library footage and both private and public documents from the time as well as interviews with some of the key people involved such as Franco regime politician Manuel Fraga Iribarne and opposition leaders such as Fernando Morán and Antonio Garcia-Trevijano, as well as Guineans in exile including the writer Donato Ndongo, and victims of the repression such as the veteran fighter for independence from the Cameroon Marta Moumié



Director Xavier Montanyà
Script Xavier Montanyà y Carles Serrat



Memòria negra
Xavier Montanyà
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