The Tchiloli is performed only by prominent men of certain quarters of the island (Sao Tomé). Originally from France, the Tchiloli was introduced in São Tomé in the XVIth century. The main roles are transmitted from generation to generation. Dressed in European clothes (mainly women costumes), wearing masks, the actors of Tchiloli narrate a renaissance text with music and dance, turning this spectacle into an extravagant cultural manifestation of African and European heritage.
São Tomé / Portugal, 2009. color, 52'
Directors: Inês Gonçalves and Kiluanje Liberdade
Production Company: Noland Films
Distribution: MARFILMES (www.marfilmes.com)