A Storm Was Coming
In 1904, Ësáasi Eweera, the last native Bubi leader who opposed the Spanish rule at the current island of Bioko (Equatorial Guinea) was detained by colonial guards and forcefully taken to Santa Isabel, the colony's capital. Imprisoned and fatally wounded, Ësáasi Eweera died three days later. His home village was burned down and most of its inhabitants disappeared.
An incomplete record of those events is classified in Spain's General Administration Archive. File by file, handwritten reports and letters show several accounts of what allegedly happened and expose the progressive operations of concealment carried out by colonial institutions. Meanwhile, some native oral accounts have survived and opposed Spanish official version, confronted the permanent risk of oblivion and attempted to contribute to a sort of emancipated collective memory. By reenacting written texts through voiceovers, taping and studying native Bubi oral accounts and identifying historically charged sites, A storm was coming tries to reflect on the gaps, silences, contradictions and falsehoods that colonial history is usually built upon.
Colour. 1920x1080 25p.
Nieves Posa Bohome; Paciencia Tobileri Bepe; Ricardo Bulá Bitema; Donato Muatetema Muelachuá; Fermín Muatiché Burelepe; José Fernando Siale Djangany; Justo Bolekia Boleká; Reha-Xustina Bolekia Bueriberi; Pedro Tena Ramos; Roberto Cuenca; José Carlos Domínguez; David García Vázquez
Direction & Edition: Javier Fernández Vázquez; Direction of Photography: Lati Maraña AEC; Camera Operators (Equatorial Guinea 2012-2018): Javier Fernández Vázquez, José Luis Ndong Ona Andeme, Natalia Marín Sancho; Camera Operators (Spain, 2018): Lati Maraña AEC, María Gestoso García; Sound: Roberto Fernández; Production Manager: Iván Pérez Ortega; Production Assistants (Equatorial Guinea): Ruben Monsuy Ndong, José Luis Ndong Ona Andeme; Production Assistants (Spain): Patricia Mejías Ramos; Colour Correction: Regis Barbey.
Berlinale Forum 2020 (Germany)
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Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia 2020 (Chile)
Pápa International Historical Film Festival 2020 (Hungary)
Viennale 2020 (Austria)
Frames of Representation 2020 (UK)
Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata (Argentina)
Documenta Madrid 2020 (Spain)
Novos Cinemas 2020 (Spain)
DocLisboa 2020 (Portugal)
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