Cacheu Cuntum | new film by Welket Bungué portrays the slavish past

In his new project, he shows the Cacheu region and its colonial past linked to the slave trade.

The city of Cacheu, located on the banks of the Chaceu River, was in the past an important warehouse for the disposal of enslaved people.

These were captured and taken to various places on the west coast of Africa to be sold. In his new project, director Welket Bungué intends to show the world the place with a landmark of a historic past.

“I was in Guinea-Bissau between May and June 2019 and I was filming with a mobile phone the different places I went passed. And that is why it resulted in a collection of scattered images, in some way”

Welker says.”My trip to Cacheu was fundamental because at the same time I filmed the landscapes, I also recorded the meeting I had with the guide for the Memorial for Slavery and the Black Traffic”. A year after the visit to Cacheu, he decided to produce the documentary film and also show some popular towns in Guinea-Bissau — thus recovering colonial history.

“At that time, all slaves leaving Guinea-Bissau passed through Cape Verde and were then sent to Maranhão in Brazil. At the time, Brazil developed sugar cane production, hence the objective of taking slaves there.” Adds Welket.

The Cacheu fort, by the sea is one of the strategic places that transports visitors to the period marked by the Portuguese colonial presence.

Highlighting the figure of Honório Pereira Barreto, former Portuguese slave trader. In the film, the director also tries to rescue the “historical sovereignty” of Guinea-Bissau, and the memories of the places where he passed. In addition to the need to preserve the past, it also intends to make known a new Guinea-Bissau.

He also says that “in this film, the objective is to show that Guinea-Bissau is still undergoing a process of profound transformation that everyone knows”.

According to director Welket, the film is legends of in Portuguese and English and with strong possibilities to be selected for international festivals due to the anthropological and historical themes it addresses.

Meanwhile, another film by the director “Bustagate”, premiered on Thursday (11/19) in Portugal, at Festival Caminhos.Welket Bungé was distinguished on Thursday (11/19) as the best actor at the Stockholm Film Festival.

The award is a recognition for his performance in the film “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, by director Burhan Qurbani. The film was also voted for the best movie award in the official competition.

Written by: Cristina Lopes Da Fonseca


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