Tchiloli, Masks and Myths

  |  Buy to Own: 09/05/2011
  |  52 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Documentary about the Tchiloli, the traditional musical play that has been staged on the Portuguese-speaking West African islands of Sao Tome and Principe since the first Portuguese settlers arrived in the 15th century. Dressed in European women's clothing and distinctive masks, male actors narrate a Renaissance text brought to life by an extravanganza of music and dance. The event represents a unique fusion of African and European cultural heritage that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 500 years.