Sarah Maldoror, the director of Sambizizanga (1972), the first woman of African descent to direct a feature film, has died in Paris on April 13, 2020. A pioneer of Pan African cinema, has passed of complications from coronavirus.
Her luminous cinematic oeuvre, including more than 40 films, reveals a valiant fighter, curious about everything, generous, sassy, very caring about others, who crossed all sorts of boundaries with her poetic approach. Born on July 19, 1929 of a Guadeloupian father and mother from the Southwest of France.
After her stay in the Soviet Union, joined the pioneers of the African liberation movements, in Guinea, Algeria, and Guinea Bissau along side her companion, Mario de Andrade, a poet and politician from Angola, who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and became Angola’s first president.
Sarah Maldoror always repeated “For many African filmmakers, cinema is a revolutionary tool, a political education to raise consciousness. It is inscribed in the evolution of Third World Cinema striving to decolonize thought and advocate radical changes in society”.
The first film she worked on was The Battle of Algiers (1969). Her first film was Monangambee (1969) adapted from a short story about the lack of understanding between colonizer and colonized people.
While at home during this coronavirus lockdown look up this revolutionary filmmakers works. Become more educated about the African liberation movements through film. Honor our ancestors honor Sarah Maldoror. 🙏🏽🌹✊🏽