Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret

  • Grand-mère Dix-neuf et le secret soviétique
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2020
Format : Feature
Running time : 94 (in minutes)

In a small coastal African village, Jaki lives, in a house full of cousins ruled with an iron fist by grandmother Agnette and haunted by the mysterious figure of Grandmother Catarina. The life of the neighborhood revolves around the construction of a Mausoleum for a deceased President that threatens to demolish the local residents' houses. Grandmother Agnette becomes afflicted with a foot infection and must undergo surgery, losing a toe and gaining a new nickname: Granma Nineteen. Her surgery inspires Jaki: just as Granma had to remove a toe to save her leg, he and his best friend Pi decide to remove the Mausoleum. They devise a plan to implode the monument and thus save the neighborhood. A plan doomed to failure if not for the unexpected intervention of a secretive Soviet man.

Film by João Ribeiro selected for the :
- Luxor African Film Festival 2021
- Carthage Film Festival 2021

Director: João Ribeiro
Screenplay: João Nunes
Cinematography: José António Loureiro
Cast: Keanu dos Santos, Caio Canda, Thainara Calane Barbosa, Anabela Adrianopoulos, Dmitry Bogomolov, Filimone Meigos, Flávio Bauraqui, Ana Magaia, Iva Mugalela


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  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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