Cinema of Cape Verde

The history of the cinema of Cape Verde dates back to the arrival of filmmakers in the early twentieth century. The first picture house was established in Mindelo around 1922, called Eden Park.[1]

Eden Park, the first picture house and cinema in Cape Verde

The nation has two film festivals, the Cabo Verde International Film Festival (CVIFF), which takes place each year on the island of Sal with its first edition held in 2010. The Praia International Film Festival Cinema do Plateau on the island of Santiago with its first edition took place in 2014. The award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer, film editor, and digital media arts instructor, Guenny K. Pires, founded the PIFF. He is the first native-born Cape Verdean to write, direct, and produce documentary and narrative films about Cape Verde. Mr. Pires, a visionary filmmaker, has a mission to bring the history and culture of his native country to the world's attention. In 2005, he moved to Los Angeles, where he founded Txan Film Productions & Visual Arts, a four-member production company that produces documentaries, docudramas, fiction films, and educational materials.



  • Fogo, îl de feu (1979)
  • Un carnaval dans le Sahel (1979)
  • Morna Blues (1996) - directed by Anaïs Porsaïc and Éric Mulet
  • Amílcar Cabral (2001) - a short documentary film
  • The Music Cape (2004) - about the Baía das Gatas Music Festival
  • The Journey of Cape Verde' (2004)
  • Arquitecto e a Cidade Velha [Architecture of Cidade Velha] (2007) - directed by Catarina Alves Costa
  • Mindelo: Traz d'horizonte (2008) [Portuguese: Mindelo: Tras de horizonte]
  • Cabo Verde Inside (2009) - an autobiographical documentary film
  • Kontinuasom (2009) - [English: Kontinuasom, Portuguese: Kontinuasom]
  • Carta d'Holanda (2010)
  • Bitú (2010) - about a Mindelo native painter, filmed in 2006
  • 2010 Mindelo Carnival (Carnaval de Mindelo 2010, actually as Carnaval do Mindelo 2010) - about the carnival in Mindelo that happened in 2010
  • Cabralista (Amílcar-Cabralian) (2011)
  • Kolá San Jon (2011) about the festival of Saint John the Baptist (São João) - released in June
  • Proud to Be Cape Verdean: A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State (2012)
  • Shouting: Tierra (2013) - a poetic documentary film about the intersection of the Atlantic
  • Tão longe é aqui (2013) [Capeverdean Creole: Tan longi é aki]
  • Tututa (2013)
  • Terra Terra (2014) directed by Paola Zerman on music and carnival of Cape Verde
  • Firmeza (2018) directed by Paola Zerman, on hip hop of Mindelo

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Arenas, Fernando (2011). Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence. U of Minnesota Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-8166-6983-7.

Further readingEdit

  • Claire Andrade-Watkins, "Le cinéma et la culture au Cap Vert et en Guinée-Bissau", Cinémas africains, une oasis dans le désert ? (African Cinema, an Oasis by the Desert), Condé-sur-Noireau, Corlet/Télérama, 2003, p. 148-151, Collection CinémAction, no. 106 ISBN 2854809807

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