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575 Ratings

Djon África

Portugal, Brazil, 2018


A chance meeting sets 25-year-old Portuguese Rastafarian Djon África on the track of his roots in Cape Verde. He hopes to finally find his father, but things never go as planned in life – and particularly in this charming search for Djon’s identity.

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Djon África Directed by Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra

Critics reviews

The new film takes off from his own personal experience into a fictional journey of self-discovery, whose loose plotting and hypnotic rhythms can remind you of work by current day film travelers such as Ben Rivers or Oliver Laxe.
August 17, 2018
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A somewhat slight but languidly pleasurable film, it offers little in the way of conflict to complicate Miguel’s journey; yet, as the camera drifts away and onto the island’s environments, Djon África offers greater natural splendor than the more overtly landscape-orientated documentaries in the festival’s program.
June 05, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Jane de Deus's rating of the film Djon África

    This was a really nice film. Don't want to ruin it with words.

  • Michael Hoole's rating of the film Djon África

    I thought this was a beautiful film. I actually liked the pacing, the film ambles it's way toward it's conclusion without being in any rush and when it gets there, feels humane and realistic. Some of the shots displaying the beauty of Cape Verde are great and the protagonist is very likeable. Also the soundtrack is wicked.

  • Protski's rating of the film Djon África

    Sobre se perder nas próprias cartografias, ficar à deriva na ânsia de se encontrar e deixar tudo pra trás, criar mapas afetivos labirínticos. Encontrar novas motivações e perde-las também, ganhar com isso a paz ao invés do caos, já que tudo isso não é nada se não natural.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Djon África

    "The script was a sort of 'bible,' a fictional skeleton that helped us—we could always get back to it if we needed to, but we were looking for something more sensory, let the trip inside the story. Blow up the fiction from the inside and let the scenes take us elsewhere into more of a feeling than of a structure." - Felipa Reis interviewed by Jorge Mourinha, Mubi Notebook.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Djon África

    "Djon África" e o călătorie atrăgătoare unui băiat de auto-descoperire prin intermediul umorului cu inimă mare, care descrie o mare senină, un domeniu magnific și un urban peisaj plin de culori energice în Cape Verde cu frumusețe. Acest film te va face să dorești să călătorești singur. // "Djon África"はおおらかなユーモアを通じて綴られる、1人の青年による魅力的な自分探しの旅路だ。カーボベルデの清らかな海や壮大な野原、活気ある色彩に満ちた街並みを美しく描き出している。おそらくこの映画を観たなら一人旅をしたくなること請け合いだ。

  • Jason's rating of the film Djon África

    I am absolutely and completely in love w/ DJON ÁFRICA. This is a kind of overflowing joy that manages to keep its cool (in deference to the mode of the film). (I would like to add that I saw it on basically an IMAX-sized screen and now think the 1.66/1 aspect ratio is the ideal ratio for those screens). I love how so much Portuguese cinema is deploying formal hybridity to engage w/ postcolonial cultural hybridity!

  • Katya Kazbek's rating of the film Djon África

    A powerful coming-of-age story that blends with a larger musing on postcolonial identity, belonging and fatherhood. Miguel Moreira is incredible: so tender and youthful, and yet such a commanding presence. Watching him roam through Cabo Verde in search of his father is a treat.

  • Trinankur Banerjee's rating of the film Djon África

    The director duo are definitely devoted students of Ozu and Kiarostami. Some really nice sequences in an otherwise predictable narrative of searching for one's roots. We have seen this many a times, but they often lead to unbearable mise-en-scene with painstaking depiction of existential crisis. Happy to see that this film restores the search among people amidst landscapes, as it always is.

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