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Directed by João Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis

Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde 2018 96 mins. In Portuguese with subtitles

Co-scripted by Pedro Pinho (The Nothing Factory, PIFF 41), this intensely colorful and alive fiction debut by documentarians Guerra and Reis follows Rastafarian Miguel Moreira (aka Djon África) as he traces his Cape Verdean roots from his Lisbon home. Traveling to the island nation in search for traces of his estranged father, Miguel embarks on a languid, pleasurable journey through the countryside, encountering parties, local flavor, and spirits. Djon África is a vibrant, wholly charming road movie that will get under your skin in the most pleasing sense. “In our fractured world, stories of cultural dislocation are burgeoning into a genre unto themselves, but rarely has the subject been explored with such warmth and irony.” —The Playlist.

Filmography: First feature

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