Sana Na N'Hada

Sana Na N’Hada


Sana Na N’Hada was born in Enxale, Guinea-Bissau. In 1967, together with three other Guinean students, he was given the opportunity to learn film-making at the Cuban film institute ICAIC. Upon their return in 1972, the group started a regular film praxis from which emerged the National Film Institute INCA, founded in the aftermath of Independence in the mid-1970s. Sana Na N’Hada co-authored most films and footages preserved today in the INCA archive, which became the reference point for the research project Luta ca caba inda, which N'Hada initiated together with Filipa César, Flora Gomes and Suleimane Biai in 2012.
In a cinematic career spanning some four plus decades Sana Na N’Hada has borne witness to the best and the worst times in Guinea-Bissau. He joined Amìlcar Cabral’s revolutionary army in the heady days of the war for independence. In the restive years following self-rule he set about making evocative films that captured and challenged the prevailing zeitgeist.
N'Hada's filmography includes the documentaries O Regresso de Amílcar Cabral (1976), Les Jours d’Ancono (1978) and Fanado (1984), the fiction films Xime (1994), selected for the Cannes Film Festival, Bissau d’Isabel (2005), and Kadjike (2012). Sana Na N’Hada has worked with many filmmakers, including Anita Fernandez, Chris Marker, Sarah Maldoror, Joop va Wijk, Leyla Assaf-Tengroth and regularly with Flora Gomes.

Sana Na N’Hada at the Latitude Festival:

Call for Action & Reflection on Decolonising Archives

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