Original Title: UNITE FOR BISSAU (Nô Kumpu Guiné): agroecology and feminism in Guinea Bissau

Synopsis: In the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, this thought-provoking film takes you on a journey that follows brave local women who challenge patriarchy by building institutions that promote self-sufficiency through agroecology. They also defy social norms by standing up against female genital mutilation and rejecting forced marriage. Carrying forward the legacy of Amílcar Cabral, the Bissau-Guinean independence leader who placed women’s rights at the center of the struggle for liberation, the women of a rising generation are taking their power back.

Director/Producer: iara lee
Editor/Cameraman: João Meirinhos

Adja Djenabu Balde
Alcione e Maira
AMIC – Associação dos Amigos da Criança
Antonio Nassalu
Cherno Talato Jalo
Ermelinda Pedro Mendonça
Imam Malam Djassi
Inácia Teodora Gomes
J’maica Barbosa
Lula Pena
Mamadou Embaló
Marialma Balde
Netos do Bandim
Rita Fernandes Gomes Lé
Teresa Cesário
Uma Diau
Valérie Déki

‘Krebo Cheo’ by Nino Galissa
‘Munddo rabida’ by J Maica
‘Bubaque’ by Dulce Néves
‘Pesadelo da História’ by Lula Pena
‘Mindjer Guineense’ by Binhan
‘Amilcar Cabral’ by Tony Lima
‘Mindjer de Balur’ by Karyna Gomes
‘Tchilaku na Tabanka’ by Eneida Marta
‘Deus é grande’ by Lula Pena
‘Bu Tcholonadur’ by Eneida Marta
‘N’Kana Cala’ by Dulce Neves
‘Dur di Padi’ by J Maica

Original poetry: Yara Nakahanda Monteiro
Drone Footage: Dino Neves
Translation: Aissé Barry, Marinho Pina, Karyna Gomes
Production Coordinators: Goia Galduroz, Aissé Barry
Sound Mix and Master: João Meirinhos
Colour Correction: João Meirinhos
Graphic Design: Ivan Ivanov

Archival footage:
‘O Regresso de Cabral’ by Flora Gomes (1976)
‘Cabralista’ by Valério Lopes (2011)

Production Team:
Amelia White
Andreea Midvighi
Evan Sumortin
Mariam Otarashvili
Mark Engler
Tamar Shvelidze
Virginia Estrada

Country of Production: Guinea-Bissau/ Portugal/ Brazil/ USA
Year of Production: 2023
Running Time: 40′
Black and White or Color: Color
Screen Format: 4K
Shooting Format: 25fps
Ratio: 16:9
Genre: Documentary


a Cultures of Resistance film by Caipirinha Productions Inc. © 2023

(Photo credit: Cultures of Resistance Films / Caipirinha Productions)

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