About the film
Released in 2010 (year of production 2009)
An ASAD, Útopi and Animasur production.
Financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation AECID.
Counterpart Radio Comunitaria Voz Ponta de Agua
Coproduced by RTCV (Cape Verdean Radio Television)
Technical production Latitud Media – Útopi
Kontinuasom, film co-produced by Spain and Cape Verde, displays the hard ordeal of the African diaspora in the search for new opportunities. A migration of the cultural sector, a human capital flight, narrated in the form of documentary through Cape Verdean music, from the most contemporary to the most traditional, which sometimes brings Buena Vista Club Social to mind.
Best full-length documentary in Fifai Le Port in the French Festival International Du Film D’Afrique et Des Iles.
Recognised by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture of Cape Verde as a “film of national cultural value and audiovisual heritage of Cape Verde, due to its artistic, cultural and social values and its promoting role in the dissemination of Cape Verdean culture throughout the world”
Beti lives in her homeland – Cape Vert – where she is a dancer in the company Raiz di Polon.
When she is offered the chance to join a Cape Verdean music show in Lisbon and launch a new career for herself in Portugal, it sets off a deep and essentially Cape Verdean confict inside – the identity constructed over the centuries by the diaspora of her people.
Doubts and feelings of melancholy and homelessness hang over her and accompany her as she attempts to make her decision.
The everlasting internal conflict experienced by every Cape Verdean: the desire to flee, the desire to return… expressed and gathered around music, hallmark of the Cape Verdean people.
Year of production 2009
Director Óscar Martínez
Producer Ignacio Tamayo
Art director Jose A.Pascual
Screenplay Francisco Pascual
Music supervisor Prinzesito
Editor Noemi García, Irene Cardona, Raquel Conde, Óscar Clemente
Director of photografy David Dominguez
Sound Alvaro Silva (Cabo Verde), Manu Robles (Lisboa)
Camera operators Javier Morillas, Óscar Clemente
Steady-cam operator Javier Morillas
Sound post-production Mariano Lozano-p, Manu Robles
Technical production Útopi-Latitud Media
Subtitle translation Pedro Reis (Pt), Cecilia Bogaard -Tertulia Andaluza y Francisco Martínez (Ing), Nathalie Lahet (Fr), Evandro Pina, Prinzesito, Raqueline Texeira, Mónica Ramos, Carmen Casanova, Josina Monteiro, Juliana da Silva.
Technical and administrative management Euclides Gómez (Radio Comunitaria Ponta de Agua), Adolfo Gally (ASAD)
Stills photographers Jose A. Pascual, Alberto Moreno
Production assistants Violaine Bailleul, Wiliam Martins, Tambla Almeida, Evandro Pina, Ana Hopffer, Pedro Reis, Nacho Ruiz, Nathalie Lahet
Beti Fernandez, Prinzesito, Samira, Tambla, Celina Pereira, Toni Denti di Oro, Nasia Gómes, Codé Di Dona, Nha Valila, Lela Violao, Sema Lopi, Daniel Rendall, Mario Luzio, Cesárea Évora, Joao Branco, Bento Oliveira, Ferrogaita, Vadú, Grupo de danza raiz de Polon, Manu Preto, Grupo Tabanka Achada Grande, Grupo Batucadeiras Terrero, Lura, Tcheka, Sara Tavares, Nancy Vieira, Jennifer, Tony Tavares, Helio Santos, Rosy…
Special thanks to Prinzesito, for its sense of mission and ownership in the making of Kontinuasom.
And to those who participated in the project, Cape Verdean artists and other collaborators who selflessly supported this project
Teté Alhinho, Teresina Araujo, Djinho Barbosa, Nho Hopffer, Tito París, Luzía, Gil, Da, Gamal, Bettinho, Kis, Lulan, Armando, Quintal da Música, Tuta, Luzía Oca, Sabino (Companhia Fla du fla), Cuch, Companhia Solaris, Baluka, Leni, Wladimir, Matilde, Fishermen in Calhao, Gugas (FerroGaita), Carmelina (San Vicente), Dulce, Elias (Restaurant O Poeta), OTC Espanhola Cabo Verde, Cape Verdean Ministry of Culture, Carlos Carvalho (Instituto de Investigação e Patrimonio Cultural), Correia, TACV, Comandante Guilherme Cardoso, Proteção Civil de Praia, Miguel Ángel, Ruso – Mario Produções, Portuguese Cultural Center in Cabo Vert, Só Sabi, Sergio Blanco, Sara, Barberia da praça do Café Sofia, Mae de Betti, Festival Mindelact, Municipal Chamber in da Praia, Municipal Chamber un Mindelo, Citi Habitat, Rodrigo Bejarano, Mario Benvindo, Lux África, Ana Zé, Sofía, Pensão Ninho das Aguilas (Lisbon), Theatre da Garagem – Theatre Taborda (Lisbn), Isa Peixinho, Isabel Freire, Wonderfull Cova da Moura, Pedro Manuel Gonçalves (Comboios de Portugal), Cultural Center Belém (CCB), Jaime Polo, Marian Domínguez and Paz Arancibia.