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written and directed by Dulce Fernandes
director of photography Ricardo Filiaci
sound Michel Caballero
editing Francisco Costa
voice over Ana Brandão and Chaz Mena
original music Mawuena Kodjovi and Universales del Son
production director Jacinta Barros
producers Rui Simões (Portugal) and António dos Reis (Angola)
assistant producers Delia Cruz and Gladys Gonzalez

Dulce Fernandes

Ms. Fernandes is an Angolan-born, European-raised and Brooklyn-based filmmaker. Trained in documentary fimmaking at the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in Cuba and at the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) in New York, Ms. Fernandes is a former photojournalist and human rights activist. Ms. Fernandes holds a B.A. in Journalism from Lisbon Technical University, a certificate in Film Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a M.A. in International Relations from the City University of New York. Letters from Angola is her first feature-length documentary.

Ricardo Filiaci

Mr. Filiaci is a cinematographer based in São Paulo, Brazil, with extensive experience in television, documentaries and advertisement. His eclectic and award-winning work has taken him to Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. His latest projects include llha da Cova da Moura, an arresting and intimate portrait of a Cape-Verdean community in Lisbon.

Michel Caballero

Mr. Caballero is an award-winning sound director with extensive experience working for the Cuban Institute on Cinematographic Arts and Industry (ICAIC), the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) and the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in Cuba.

Francisco Costa

Mr. Costa is a multitalented editor with experience in documentary, narrative, music video and video dance and he is a co-founder of Overlook Filmes, a production company dedicated to experimental short films. Mr. Costa is also a producer and editor of Full Dome planetary productions in 360 X 180 degrees and his work was featured in the the inaugural screening of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

Rui Simões

Mr. Simões' award-winning documentary The Good People of Portugal is a unique and vivid account of the 1974 Revolution in Portugal that continues to thrill audiences around the world. With a degree in film and television studies from the Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Brussels, Mr. Simões has worked extensively both as a director and a producer. His Lisbon-based production company, Real Ficção, has for the past twenty years been the hub for the production and distribution of numerous documentary, fiction, and animation films. Mr. Simões is also a multimedia teacher and educator.