Recognition - Sara Serpa
04 July 2021, 7:00pm
Featuring texts by Amílcar Cabral narrated by Angolan singer Aline Frazão, Recognition is an essay documentary directed by Portuguese vocalist-composer Sara Serpa, in collaboration with film director Bruno Soares. Using family archive footage from colonial Angola, Recognition takes as a point of departure, Portugal’s denial in confronting its colonial past. The material has been edited and transformed to create a sensory experience in which music and image are juxtaposed with texts by the revolutionary, Amílcar Cabral from Unity and Struggle, Luandino Vieira and Linda Heywood. The documentary explores the co-existence of two realities: one, verbally described by the colonized, and the other, filmed by the colonizer, proposing and imagining a new narrative, while inviting the viewer/listener to reflect on history in a visceral way.
The musical score features Sara Serpa (voice, composition) Zeena Parkins (harp) and Mark Turner (saxophone) and David Virelles (piano), probes deep into the emotional core of this era through scored material and flowing improvisation.
Several motivations animated Serpa's work on this project, including the desire “to highlight the power of music as a tool for social evolution, reflection and education,” and “to break the silence about Portuguese colonialism and institutional racism.”
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