Screening: Escape From Luanda

Screening Monday 29th October, 2007

In Luanda, one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous places, three students from Angola’s only music school work towards their end-of-year concert. The Music School is Angola’s first and only school of its kind.

It houses some 150 students, most of them desperately poor. Many face disapproval and outright rejection from their families, who can’t see a future in music. This film asks if, despite the ravages of 27 years of civil war, musical passion and ambition can overcome these terrible hardships.

Phil Grabsky’s cinema films include ‘The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan’, which has played worldwide and, to date, has won thirteen awards, including first prize at Valladolid International Film Festival, and the Gold Hugo in Chicago for Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Phil is continuing to film in Afghanistan

Length: 75 mins
See trailer here