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Voices, Languages, Discourses

Interpreting the Present and the Memory of Nation in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe

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Edited By Ana Mafalda Leite, Jessica Falconi, Kamila Krakowska, Sheila Kahn and Carmen Tindó Secco

This volume brings together a selection of interviews with writers and filmmakers from Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe in order to examine representations and images of national identity in the postcolonial narratives of these countries. It continues and completes the exploration of the postcolonial imaginary and identity of Portuguese-speaking Africa presented in the earlier volume of interviews Speaking the Postcolonial Nation: Interviews with Writers from Angola and Mozambique (2014).

Memory, history, migration and diaspora are core notions in the recreation and reconceptualization of the nation and its identities in Cape Verdean, Guinean and São Tomean literary and cinematographic culture. By assembling different generations of writers and filmmakers, with a wide variety of perspectives on the historical, social and cultural changes that have taken place in their countries, this book makes a valuable contribution to current debates on postcolonialism, nation and identity in these former Portuguese colonies.

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Ângelo Torres

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Ângelo Torres was born in Equatorial Guinea in 1966; he is an actor and director. He studied Thermodynamics and Engineering at the Institute Lazaro Cardinas in Cuba in the 1980s, but later started a career in acting and directing in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied performance arts at the Professional School of Theatre Arts – Chapitô. He started his career in 1992 with the theatre company Cornucópia and till now has participated in numerous theatrical and cinematic productions. He acted in Flora Gomes’ film Nha Fala (2002) and is the co-founder of the cultural association and theatre company Griot. As a film director, he is the author of short feature film Kunta (2007) and documentaries Mionga ki Ôbo – Mar e selva [Sea and Jungle] (2005) and Os Sobreviventes [The Survivors] (2014).

In 1991 he starred in “Mission” by Heiner Müller (directed by Luís Miguel Cintra) and he was the male lead in Flora Gomes “Nha Fala” in 2002. In 2007 he directed the film “Kunta” and in 2005 “Mionga ki Ôbo: Mar e Selva” [Sea and Jungle]. Torres is a well-known Portuguese actor for TV, film and theatre.

Q. I would like to begin with the question of diaspora and migration. The history of São Tomé is characterized by the movements of slaves and forced labour, and, more recently, many people leave to go abroad and they have to construct their identities through this experience of migration.

A. It’s how...

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