Death Metal Angola

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With music’s enduring, sustaining ability to express everything from joy and sorrow to nostalgia and rage and every emotion in between, it’s easy to see why we seek it out to soothe,  relax or simply catch the feels. But, as metal and hip-hop have illustrated so well, when music is used to convey raw emotion or give voice to horror and despair, what starts out as an opportunity for artistic release can easily turn into validated righteousness that informs, inspires and ultimately uplifts.

The 2012 documentary Death Metal Angola, directed by Jeremy Xido, follows the lives of Sonia Ferreria, who runs the Okutiuka Orphanage in Huambo, Angola as caretaker for 55 young boys, and her musician boyfriend, Wilker Flores, who is determined to give the young survivors of violence and poverty a voice through death metal, thrash metal and melodic hardcore. Together, the couple attempts to launch the first-ever national concert, illustrating the harsh realities of living in a war-torn country and the surprising healing properties of relentlessly harsh music. On the other side of two major wars—one for independence from Portugal and the other a long, drawn-out string of civil wars damaging the nation from the inside—Angola sits on some of the most sought-after riches in the world: oil and diamonds. Xido’s vibrant, atmospheric film leaves no doubt that the  battle-worn country’s passionate children are its real treasure.

Presented by the appropriately-named Awesome Fest and co-presented by the upcoming Blackstar Film Festival, Death Metal Angola is a rare and wonderful look into the healing powers of music, hailing from the most unlikely of places. // KENNEDY ALLEN

9pm. Free. Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave. theawesomefest.com

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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4398 Chester Ave., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 07/17/2014. .

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