Foreword to Guns for Banta

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnec

IndieLisboa 2021 •

French Guiana, Documentary, 2011, 28′

An elegy for Sarah Maldoror’s lost film, Guns for Banta, from 1970. This accompanied a woman involved in the struggle for the independence of Guinea and Cape Verde. Financed by the Algerian army, the aim was to use it as propaganda, having been confiscated from Maldoror.

Director's Bio

Originally from the Antilles like Sarah Maldoror, he is an artist working for the legacy and continuity of the Third Cinema, what its claims consist of, and what the status of such films is today. In the format of installation film, Abbonenc works on various suggestions regarding this lost film in order to try to revive it from out of the screenplay. The rest of Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnnenc's work deals with the legacies of the anti-colonial struggles in the present.