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Board Member

Bissau-Guinean
 
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees Member
    Luxor African Film Festival
  • Member
    Amiens International Film Festival
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In its 3rd edition (18-24) March, the Luxor African Film Festival organized a press conference for the American star Danny Glover and the Bissau-Guinean director Flora Gomes as part of their tributes.
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
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" The Children `s Republic", starred by Danny and directed by Flora Gomes and was shot in Guinea Bissau, was screened.
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Also attending, among top African and international guests, Flora Gomes, the Guinea-Bissau director of the acclaimed film. Both Glover and Gomes will be given special tribute for their rich career at the opening night along with Egyptian star Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz.
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Flora Gomes
A Bissau-Guinean film director, he was born in Cadique, Guinea-Bissau on 31 December, 1949 and after high school in Cuba, he decided to study film at the Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematogr?ficos in Havana.
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In 1992, Gomes directed Udju Azul di Yonta, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.
Son of illiterate parents, as a child Gomes struggled against the limitations of his social status and the oppression of the Portuguese colonial system under Ant?nio Salazar's rule. He supported Bissau-Guinean resistance against colonialism and greatly admired Am?lcar Cabral. He left Guinea-Bissau to study cinema in Cuba (1972) at the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematography, under the guidance of Santiago ?lvarez. He continued his studies in Senegal, at the Senegalese Journal for Motion Picture News, under the direction of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra. He also co-directed two films with Sergio Pina and worked as an assistant with Chris Marker and Anita Fernandez.
Upon returning to liberated Guinea-Bissau, Gomes filmed his country's independence ceremony (24 September 1974), fulfilling the desire of Am?lcar Cabral that it should be Bissau-Guineans themselves capturing this historical moment on film. After freeing itself from colonial rule, Guinea-Bissau was visited by many reporters and progressive filmmakers and Gomes, given his knowledge of cinema, was in great demand to assist them, which allowed him to expand his skills. At the end of 1970s, he worked as a photographer and cameraman for the Ministry of Information.
Having first directed historical documentaries, Gomes filmed his first feature film, Mortu Nega, in 1987. Mortu Nega depicts the struggle for independence and the challenges of the first post-independence years in Guinea-Bissau. The film was screened at several international film festivals and Gomes caught the attention of commentators and critics. He was particularly well received in France, which in later years enabled him to attract funding for the production of new films. In 2000, he was distinguished in France with the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
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Flora Gomes was recognized in Portugal by the Bissau-Guinean community for his services in making the Bissau-Guinean culture known worldwide.
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Flora Gomes was a member of the jury at the Amiens International Film Festival.
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
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LAFF START HONORING MAHMUD ABD IL-AZIZ, DANNY GLOVER, AND FLORA GOMES
In its 3rd edition (18-24) March, ...
www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com, 14 May 2014 [cached]
In its 3rd edition (18-24) March, the Luxor African Film Festival organized a press conference for the American star Danny Glover and the Bissau-Guinean director Flora Gomes as part of their tributes.
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From his side, director Flora Gomes thanked the festival's organizers and the French producer of his film that was presented at the opening because it helped he helped him the film to see the light. Gomes added that his friend Danny Glover supported the film from the first minute and helped to realize his dreams to cast an American star in film.
PEOPLE | Filmfestivals.com
www.filmfestivalspro.com, 15 Oct 2012 [cached]
In its 3rd edition (18-24) March, the Luxor African Film Festival organized a press conference for the American star Danny Glover and the Bissau-Guinean director Flora Gomes as part of their tributes.
Flora Gomes -- The Two Faces of War: National Liberation in Guinea-Bissau : The Watson Institute for International Studies
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Flora Gomes -- The Two Faces of War: National Liberation in Guinea-Bissau
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"The Two Faces of War: National Liberation in Guinea-Bissau," with Flora Gomes, distinguished film maker.Gomes is currently engaged in research and writing for his next major film project, a feature narrative about the great African liberation theorist and political leader, Amilcar Cabral.
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Flora Gomes has international stature as a distinguished filmmaker whose works are aesthetically innovative and historically significant texts of African and global culture.It is notoriously difficult for major African filmmakers to produce a sustained output of high quality, because of the historical legacy of profound funding and infrastructural deficiencies on the continent.Yet Gomes makes a point of residing in his native country of Guinea-Bissau, and despite the severe material constraints this poses to film-making, has completed a number of shorts, starting in 1977, as well as five full-length feature films, beginning with "Mortu Nega" in 1988.Filmed using local languages and shot above all in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, as well as France and Portugal, his features have won awards at prestigious international film festivals and are invariably discussed in textbooks on African cinema and post-colonial film.His work often deals with questions of history and memory, particularly regarding the national liberation struggle, as well as notions of modernization and the conceptualization of identity.Gomes's films go beyond many conventional binomials.For example, his female characters depict a sophisticated African feminism , by turns militant and gentle, tragic and comic, seldom seen in representations of black women.His more recent work, especially "Po di sangui," broaches the timely subject of environmental degradation , by using a complex layering of symbols, landscape and nature, drawn from indigenous African systems of knowledge and belief.Both the aesthetic quality and powerful narratives of these later works touch audiences everywhere.Gomes has just wrapped up a documentary on the war of liberation in Guinea-Bissau (and by extension, in Angola and Mozambique), training his lens on both the Portuguese colonial soldiers and the African freedom fighters.
Gomes was born in 1949 in Cadique, Guinea Bissau (West Africa).He studied film in 1972 at the Cuban Institute of Arts, and cinematography with the great filmmaker Paulin S. Vieyra in Senegal.In 1979 he served as an intern with Chris Marker and Anita Fernandez in Guinea-Bissau.Gomes later co-directed three short films: "La reconstruction" (The Reconstruction), "Anos no oça luta" and "Regresso do Cabral" (The return of Cabral), these last two with Sana na N'hada.
The first feature film that Gomes directed, "Mortu nega," was selected for showing during the Critics' Week at the Venice Film Festival in 1988.
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In 1994, Gomes was distinguished with the Order of Merit for Culture by the Tunisian government, along with Claudia Cardinale.
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At Cannes, Gomes was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French government.
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In 2002, Gomes was recognized in Portugal by the Guinean community for his services in making Guinean culture known around the world.In 2004, he was a member of the jury at the Amien Film Festival.
In 2003, "Nha fala" won the Grand Prize for a feature film at FESPACO, from the ECOWAS parallel jury.In 2004, a retrospective of Gomes's work was shown at the first Brown University African Film Festival, in Providence.
In 2005, Gomes was chosen as president of the same jury (ECOWAS) at FESPACO.In that year, he was recognized by the University of Lisbon, during a meeting of Portuguese-speaking countries, receiving a medal celebrating "the universality of his work".In 2005 Gomes returned to the USA, where he was a panelist and also one of the featured film-makers at the second Brown University Africana Film Festival.
In recent years, Gomes has frequently shown his films to American university student audiences at universities such as Yale, Michigan University (Ann Arbor), and the University of Minneapolis.In spring 2006, Gomes was a visiting artist/professor at the Department of Africana Studies, Brown University (Providence, RI).
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