Winner of the World Cinema "Grand Jury Prize" at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
THE HERO is the story of Angola, a nation torn apart by forty years of uninterrupted war, and now trying imperfectly but courageously to piece itself back together. It is also the story of a city, Luanda, like so many in the Third World, trying to absorb the millions of people displaced by civil strife and global economic change. After a thirteen year national liberation struggle against the Portuguese colonialists ended with independence in 1975, Angola plunged immediately into a brutal civil war. The national MPLA government, backed initially by Cuba and the Soviet Union, and the UNITA rebels, supported by the U.S. and the South African apartheid regime, remained locked in conflict until 2003, long after the end of the Cold War itself.
Cast & Crew
- Neuza Borges - Flora
- Patrícia Bull - Joana
- Adelino Caracol
- Maria Ceiça - Maria Bárbara
- Milton 'Santo' Coelho - Manu
- Thierry Darrigrand - Doctor Thierry
- Oumar Makena Diop - Vitorio
- Nelo Helder
- Miguel Hurst - Doctor Luís
- Prospero Joao
- Fernando Lupach
- Catarina Matos - Rute
- João Carlos Miguel
- Raul Rosario
- Mateus Salvador - Manu's Father
- Orlando Sérgio - Minister
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Great. My first look into Angola.
A very touching movie indeed. Seeing a very real film of hope and reality bound together. Well Done
There are times when even heinous crimes are presented with such poignancy that the heinous is lost in the story line. Hero is such a story.
EXCELLENT DEPICT OF THE AFTER EFFECT OF WAR.