Cesária Évora

Portugal, 2022, 94' 

The Cabo Verde archipelago and its mysteries have conquered our collective imagination thanks to two extraordinary talents, i.e., the cinema of Pedro Costa and the music of Cesária Évora. Two arcane magics that introduced us to a singular contrast between ancient tradition and the legacy of the Portuguese colonialism. Évora, who died in her seventies in 2011, remained almost a nobody for half a century, save for her countrymen – a further proof of occidental short-sightedness, broken only by a bunch of French journalists. At last, the “barefoot diva” received some belated long-due recognition.

Ana Sofia Fonseca outlines a rare portrait in which the biographical and emotional givens are very well balanced. Cesária Évora was indeed the queen of morna, Cabo Verde’s traditional music, but she was also generous to the point of self-sacrifice, and her life was studded with sorrows. Private and unpublished footage of her past is combined with images from her world tours or TV appearances that followed the ‘discovery’ of a unique, unmistakable personality.

The event is finished.

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 12 Nov 2022
  • Time: 15:00


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Spazio Alfieri - Via dell'Ulivo, 8, 50122 Florence
Ana Sofia Fonseca


Ana Sofia Fonseca

Ana Sofia Fonseca studied cultural journalism at the Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon. For years she has been dedicating herself to telling stories with a focus on human rights themes. Cesária Évora (2022) is her second documentary feature length.

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