Cinema of São Tomé and Príncipe

The cinema of São Tomé and Príncipe does not have an extensive history, since São Tomé and Príncipe is not a large island. However there has been some filmmaking.

Colonial filmmakingEdit

Colonial filmmakers shot ethnographic documentaries in São Tomé and Príncipe: Ernesto de Albuquerque shot A cultura do Cacau em Sao Tome in 1909, and Cardoso Furtado shot Serviçal e Senhor in 1910.[1]

Contemporary filmmakingEdit

The only feature film from São Tomé and Príncipe so far is A frutinha do Equador [Little Fruit from the Equator], a 1998 coproduction between Austria, Germany and São Tomé and Príncipe. Directed by Herbert Brodl, with São Tomé actors, the film combines fairy story, documentary, road movie and comedy.[2]

Documentaries set in the island include:[3]

  • Extra Bitter: The Legacy of the Chocolate Islands, 2000 documentary by Derek Vertongen
  • Sao Tome, cent-pour-pent cacao, 2004 documentary by Virginie Berda
  • Mionga ki Ôbo, 2005 documentary by Ângelo Torres
  • The Lost Wave, 2007 surf documentary by Sam George


  1. ^ Convents, Guido (2005). "Portugal". In Richard Abel (ed.). Encyclopedia of Early Cinema. Taylor & Francis. pp. 527–8. ISBN 978-0-415-23440-5.
  2. ^ Fernando Arenas (2011). Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence. U of Minnesota Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-8166-6983-7.
  3. ^ Kathleen Becker (2014). São Tomé and Príncipe. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 241–2. ISBN 978-1-84162-486-0.