Award winning Cape Verdean director Guenny Pires, who has made a name for himself in independent international film circles, especially in the African Diaspora, is working on one of his latest projects about the liberation of Portuguese speaking African nations.
For many years, Guenny Pires – director of the award winning 2010 documentary “Contract” – has been filming another documentary about Amilcar Cabral, the founder of the Party for the Independence of Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau called, “The Heart of Amilcar Cabral.”
Pires says he hopes his projects inspire the next generation of filmmakers, “My mission and vision as a filmmaker are always aimed at raising awareness and bridging cultures by empowerment of visual information.”
“The Heart of Amilcar Cabral” will chronical the subject’s life from a soil/crop production scientist, writer, and poet to being recognized as one of the leading African thinkers of the 20th century. Cabral made his mark in the 1960s and 1970s by fighting to end Portuguese colonial rule of Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau as well as other African nations and other Portuguese speaking countries.
To tell the story, Guenny Pires travelled to 11 countries including Cape Verde, Cuba, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, Senegal, and the United States.
To compliment the documentary, interviews will be featured with Cabral’s family, friends, allies, and activist/actors Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, and Ossie Davis. Historians, heads-of-states, and personal reflections from the people of Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau will also shine a light on the struggles and triumphs of the nations.
“The Heart of Amilcar Cabral” is slated to come out by the end of the year. If you would like to help Guenny Pires finish making the documentary, please go to the following websites:
“The Heart of Amilcar Cabral”