An award-winning documentary called “Death Metal Angola” has opened at the DOC NYC film festival this week.
You can catch the film screening through November 21 at both the IFC Center and the SVA Theater in New York.
The film captures war-torn Angola, which is recovering from a civil war that left thousands of children orphaned.
Huambo, Angola’s second largest city, finds 55 of these children in the Okutiuka orphanage under the care of Sonia Ferreira.
Sonia’s boyfriend, Wilker Flores, is a death metal guitarist who uses the brutal sounds and rhythms of this hardcore music as a path to healing, or, as Sonia says, “to clear out the debris from all these years of war.”
“Death Metal Angola” tracks Wilker and Sonia’s dream — to stage Angola’s first-ever national rock concert, bringing together members from different strands of the Angolan hardcore scene from different provinces — as it unfolds in fits and starts against the bombed out and mined backdrop of the formerly stately Huambo.
Here’s the films trailer, for those interested.