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The Daughters of Fire [short film] As filhas do fogo

  Pedro Costa

  Portugal     9 minutes


A triptych of sisters sing about their suffering after the eruption of a volcano in Cape Verde. Separated from each other and surrounded by darkness and fire, their voices overlap as we hear their moving words of pain and resistance: “There will come a time when we’ll know why we suffer, and the mystery will end.” The musical ends with silence and archival footage of Cape Verdean people and landscapes after a volcanic eruption in 1951.

Directed by Pedro Costa, The Daughters of Fire represents a radical step forward in form and ambition for the singular Portuguese maestro.

This short film screens along with in water.


 Portuguese with subtitles 

Film Credits

  •   Marta Mateus
  •   Vitor Carvalho
  •   Leonardo Simões
  •   Elizabeth Pinard, Alice Costa, Karyna Gomes
  •   Marcos Magalhães
  •   Clarão Companhia