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Lusophone Cinema - Film Show
Date: 24 April 2009 

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Lusophone Cinema - Film Show

Join us for a Portuguese documentary and an Angolan movie.

Date:   April 24, 2009 (Friday)
Time:   4:30 pm
Venue:  e-Learning Lab, Room G03, G/F Main Library, HKU


1) Uma aventura para a democracia (An Adventure for Democracy)
4:30 pm - 4:55 pm
(in Portuguese)

This 14-minute documentary describes the peaceful, April 25, 1974, Carnation Revolution (Revolu&ccedil;&atilde;o dos Cravos), a military coup that freed Portugal from over forty years of authoritarian dictatorship, thus restoring democracy to the country.

2) O Heroi (The Hero) (Angola, 2005)
5:00 pm – 6:40 pm
(In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Luanda, capital of Angola, is a huge coastal city, trying to overcome the profound legacy of a civil war that lasted nearly 30 years.  Vitorio has just been discharged after almost 20 years of fighting in the war. During his last military assignment he stepped on a land mine, losing his leg.  After recuperating and finally obtaining a prosthesis, he finds himself alone, unemployed, and homeless.  To make matters worse, while sleeping on the street, someone steals his prosthesis and so begins his search through Luanda.  Along the way, Vitorio meets Manu, a young orphan who lost his parents during the war; Judite, a bar prostitute who was separated from her young son; and Joana, a privileged - though socially conscious - school teacher.  They have an impact on each other in unpredictable ways as they attempt to reconstruct their lives.

For more information please contact: Dr. Joseph Abraham Levi, Director, Language Centre, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong (

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Lusophone - pronounced /luzophone/ - means a Portuguese-speaker from Portugal, Brazil, the five Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, East Timor, and Macau.

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