Mortu Nega

Women and decolonization Film cycle | Session 1
  • Mortu Nega (Flora Gómez, 1987) inaugurates our film cycle Women and Decolonization organized in collaboration with Film-Història;
  • The first cineforum session in the framework of the PhD programme “Society and Culture” of the University of Barcelona will be conducted by Beatriz de las Heras, professor in the Area of ​​Contemporary History at the University Carlos III of Madrid;
  • The series is curated by Celeste Muñoz (UNED – EUROM) and Magi Crusells (UB) 
  • Next sessions will take place on November 30 and December 14 with the movies Wilaya (Pedro Pérez Rosado, 2012) ) and Palmeras en la nieve (Fernando Gonzales Molina, 2015);
  • Attendance is free and open to the general public. Prior registration is required.


Women actively participated in the processes of decolonization both on the political front line and on the battle front or in the rear. Their struggles and aspirations were integrated into the ideal of collective emancipation, after decades of denial of their political participation by the colonial States. However, in the current Eurocentric imaginaries about those processes and conflicts, fifty years later, the role of women has, as usual, been buried and silenced. For this reason, the aim of this cycle is to analyze this memory and its representation through cinema, with proposals that deal with the restitution of these experiences, but also with others that reproduce the colonial visions of decades ago.


Session 1

October 26 at 5 p.m.
Sala Jane Adams (4th floor)


In 1973, during the war of Independence of Guinea Bissau, Diminga, a young woman of 30 years, joins her husband Sako in the front. As he advances with the fighters, he discovers a country in ruins, death is everywhere. But hope too, soon the war will end. That’s right, three years later the war is over, peace seems to have healed the pain of the past, but a new plague is ravaging the town of Diminga. Mortu Nega describes the War of Independence, but it is also a song about the strength of the African woman. (FCAT African Film Festival)

Session 2

November 30 at 5 p.m
Room 309 (3rd floor)

Wilaya (Pedro Pérez Rosado, 2011), with the participation of Alicia Fernández Martínez, member of Film-Història and head of the Nou Barris-Can Basté History Group


Wilaya is the name by which Sahrawi refugee camps are known. Fatimetu returns to one of these camps when his mother dies. She is a young Sahrawi woman who has lived in Spain since she was 6 years old. Wilaya meets his disabled sister Hayat and his brother Jatri who is expecting his first child. (FILMAFFINITY)

Session 3

December 14 at 5 p.m.
Aula Magna (4th floor)

Palmeras en la Nieve (Fernando González Molina, 2015) with Gustau Nerin, professor of African History at the University of Barcelona

It is 1953, Kilian leaves the mountain of Husca to undertake a trip with his brother to Fernando Poo, a former Spanish colony in Equatorial Guinea. Their father is waiting for them there, in the Sampaka farm, where he grows one of the best cacao in the world. In the colony they will discover that social life is more pleasant than in cramped and gray Spain, they will experience the contrasts between colonists and natives and they will know the meaning of friendship, passion, love and hate. (FILMAFFINITY)


Oct 26, 2022


Facultat de Geografia i Història (UB)
C/Montalegre, 6

Sessions will start at 5 pm

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