Contract

Written, produced, and directed by: Guenny K. Pires
TRT: 79 min. (Cape Verde Islands/Sao Tome’ & Principe/Portugal/USA)
(Narrated in English. Some Creole & Portuguese w/English subtitles)

This docudrama film explores the compelling story of two African countries (Cape Verde and São Tome and Príncipe) forever linked by a history of poverty and slavery, and two people forever linked by the unbreakable bonds of family and love. The Cape Verdean indentured servants left their homes for a better life, only to be bound by “contracts” that will never be paid off. The film, at its heart, also documents the filmmaker’s journey to reunite his uncle, an indentured servant as well, 44 years after leaving home on a contract. This film is not only a powerful emotional experience, it is an in-depth look into the past and the legacy of slavery.
An intense journey for the filmmaker who returns to his roots for the making of this film.