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Escape From Luanda

Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
In Luanda, one of the world's poorest and most dangerous places, three students from Angola's only music school work towards their end-of-year concert. The Music School is Angola's first and only school of its kind. It houses some 80 students, most of them desperately poor. Many face disapproval and outright rejection from their families who can't see a future in music. This film asks if, despite the ravages of 27 years of civil war, musical passion can overcome terrible hardships. Joana, one of the students, brightly comments, 'art is life!' She and the other students know this only too well, as music seems to be the only thing that really drives them. To each of the students, music seems to offer a new life, a hope for a new future, or simply offers them a dream of what could be. Each of the students paint heartbreaking images of their own experiences of the civil war, and it's difficult to imagine how they can continue with everyday life. But they do, with music as their focus. Filmed and directed by: Phil Grabsky Co-filmed by: David Notman-Watt
Release Date
2007
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Seventh Art in 2007.
Publisher no.
1047292 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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