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Cape Verde Film List

Title: O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno = Testamento (1998)
Format: DVD
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles.
Run Time:  112 min.
Description: The posthumous story of Cape Verde's leading citizen, who leaves his fortune to the daughter no one knew he had. As part of her inheritance, Graca receives a set of audiocassettes containing her father's personal accounts of his wild, romantic and often dubious exploits.
Genre: Drama

Title: O testamento do Senhor Napumoceno = Napumoceno's Will (1997)  
Format: VHS
Language: Portuguese dialog, English subtitles.
Run Time:  106 Min.
Description: "... an epic, or at least an epic farce, from one of the world's least known but most culturally complex societies, Cape Verde. ... Structured around the riddle of its hero's death. Why did Sr. Napumoceno Araújo da Silva, a leading trader, ... leave his estate to a heretofore unknown illegitimate daughter, Graça, rather than his protégé and nephew, Carlos ... "
Genre: Drama

TitleFinatar O Destino (1998)  
Format: VHS
Language:  Portuguese and Crioulo with English subtitles.
Run Time: 76 Min.
Description: Fintar o destino is the Library of African Cinema's first sports film -- but a sports film with a distinctly African twist. It is the story of the aging sport hero who holds onto his past so strongly he destroys his present. At the same time, this film explores a much broader tension, personal and political, between remaining true to one's dreams or making the best of the limited opportunities around us."
Genre: Drama

Title: Casa de lava = Down to earth (1995)
Format: DVD (PAL)
Language: In Portuguese and Creole with optional subtitles in French, English and Portuguese
Run Time: 110 min.
Description: Mariana, a nurse assigned to care for an injured immigrant worker, returns to his Cape Verde village with him. She begins to feel almost claustrophobic in the grim environment as she encounters a series of disturbing characters who drag her deeper into their depressing and hopeless lives. In light of this Mariana begins to reevaluate her dissatisfaction with her former life.
Genre: Drama