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Film Africa: Cesária Évora
Fri 4 Nov 2022
Past event

A woman sitting down holds a microphone and looks off to her left.

Cesária Évora . Photo by Pierre René-Worms

This intimate documentary, shares the story of Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora, revealing the interesting complexities that made her a larger-than-life diva. One of the music industry’s unlikeliest success stories, Évora achieved international fame at age 50 after performing unheralded for years in local bars. Director Ana Sofia Fonseca’s illuminating portrait includes some never-before-seen archival film as well as photographs, recordings, concert footage and interviews and paints a comprehensive portrait of a supremely talented but troubled artist. 

An intimate approach that illuminates Évora’s extraordinary career while staying close to her personal struggles and triumphs.
– Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk for The Conversation

Dir. Ana Sofia Fonseca 

Portugal. 2022. 94min. English, Portuguese, Creole and French with English Subtitles. 

This screening is part of Film Africa 2022. Film Africa, London’s biggest celebration of African and African diaspora cinema presented by the Royal African Society, returns for its special 10th edition from Friday, 28 October to Sunday, 6 November 2022. Showcasing 48 titles from 16 different African countries, including 22 UK, European and World premieres, Film Africa will host screenings across 7 London venues as well as feature a selection of 7 narrative and documentary films on BFI Player.


  • Room will be dark 
  • The film is captioned. 
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