Part of SFFILM Festival
After fleeing Angola’s civil war, Walter has spent 17 years in NYC, separated from his wife and daughter, so when they are finally reunited, they have a gulf of physical and emotional absence to bridge. With grace and nuance, Farewell Amor explores the differences and divisions between these three people who aren’t quite sure how to communicate their feelings in this new environment. Divided into three sections, one for each of the protagonists, the film depicts the refugee struggle holistically by giving each character the chance to be the center of the story.
“Ekwa Msangi’s insightful, compassionate Sundance competition debut… provides a heartfelt, three-dimensional portrait of an aspect of the immigrant experience rarely examined: the frictions, recriminations, and regrets that happen when the papers finally come through but whole lives have been lived in the interim.” –Jessica Kiang, Variety
Tanzanian American director, writer, and producer Ekwa Msangi created The Agency (2009), South African broadcaster M-Net’s first Kenyan drama series. Her short films include Dollar Van (2006), Taharuki (2011), Soko Sonko (2016), and Farewell Meu Amor (2016). Farewell Amor is her first feature.
“I wanted to look at the gulf that can widen between loved ones who are separated, whether it be by immigration or any other means. How can they maintain that status and stay hopeful? But then also, what happens when they finally reconnect, and is it even possible? I’d love for audiences to step away thinking about these ideas as if they were the characters.” –Ekwa Msangi, Indiewire
Director Ekwa Msangi
Producer Huriyyah Muhammad, Sam Bisbee, Josh Penn, Ekwa Msangi, Joe Plummer, Bobby Allen
Writer Ekwa Msangi
Editor Jeanne Applegate, Justin Chan
Cinematographer Bruce Francis Cole
Music Osei Essed
Cast Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson