Posted on: 12 Feb 2020
‘Havemos de Voltar’ on Vdrome
What: Havemos de Voltar, A film of 17 minutes.
By Who: Kiluanji Kia Henda
Kiluanji Kia Henda’s work is part of a trilogy that approaches contemporary Angola and its violent past, which the country has attempted to brush over in the rush to join the ranks of “successful” global nations. The video takes its title from a poem by Agostinho Neto, the country’s first president and one of its most prolific poets. Written in exile in a Lisbon prison, Neto’s text appeals to Angolans to find true independence and freedom by returning to their African traditions. A time-hopping travelogue between colonized, militarized and representational environments, Havemos de Voltar explores the seductive relationships between art, history and nostalgia.