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Screen stars: Rescuing Angola's stunning historic cinemas

Updated 4th December 2017
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Screen stars: Rescuing Angola's stunning historic cinemas
Written by Gemma Padley, The Spaces
This article was originally published by The Spaces, a digital publication exploring new ways to live and work.
Angola isn't exactly the Hollywood of Africa -- that honor belongs to Nigeria -- but the country is a surprising hotbed of 20th century cinematic treasures. By 1970 there were 50 theaters for a population of just 5.9 million people.
From the late colonial modernist structures of the 1930s, to the open-air cine-esplandas that sprung up in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, these structures served as more than just places to catch the latest flick -- they were vibrant meeting points for the local communities.
Many have now fallen into disrepair, but the cinemas scattered across Angola still offer a comment on the African nation's past. Some are even being restored as part of an ongoing project by the Goethe-Institut to celebrate and preserve the cultural heritage of Angola, as it continues to rebuild its identity after the civil war.
Actor and director Miguel Hurst -- the former director of the Angolan Institute of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia -- initiated the project back in 2011. He has now released a book, titled Angola Cinemas, in collaboration with photographer Walter Fernandes.
Read more about what fueled Walter Fernandes' cinematic adventure at The Spaces.
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