My Voice (film)

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Nha Fala
Nha Fala aka Ma Voix aka My Voice (film).jpg
Directed by Flora Gomes
Produced by Luís Galvão Teles
Written by Flora Gomes
Franck Moisnard
Starring Fatou N'Diaye
Ángelo Torres
Jean-Christophe Dollé
Bia Gomes
Music by Manu Dibango
Cinematography Egdar Moura
Edited by Dominique Pâris
Fado Filmes
Les Films du Mai
Samsa Film
Release date
2002 (Venice Film Festival)
25 May 2003 (Portugal)
16 June 2003 (France)
6 March 2004 (Guinea-Bissau)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Cape Verde
Language Cape Verdean Creole

Nha Fala, English title: My Voice is a 2002 internationally co-produced sports film directed by Bissau Guinean director Flora Gomes. The movie stars Fatou N'Diaye (sometimes as Ndiaye), Ángelo Torres, Jean-Christophe Dollé and Bia Gomes.


It has always been a firm conviction of the family that any woman who sings, will die. Now, while a girl is in France she becomes an international star. She realises that sooner rather than later her mother in Africa will learn that she sings. To solve this dilemma she goes back to her native village and arranges her own funeral, albeit with instantaneous rebirth. She is lying in the coffin while all invited guest form a queue and pass the coffin one by one. When she needs go to the toilet a boy will take her place. And then one of the guests says: How different she looks after having died. Is this an allusion to Bergman's movie "Now About These Women"? [1][2]



The film was shot in Mindelo, one of the country's two cultural city and in Paris, the music were written and produced by Manu Dibango. It was produced by Fado Filmes, a Portuguese company, alongside les Films de Mai based in France and Samsa Film based in Luxembourg. Fatou N'Diaye, born in Senegal in 1980 learned the Cape Verdean Creole.[3]


This musical comedy, which accompanies dancing like and its influences, the cheerful and dramatic narrative with African family traditions, with the emancipation of women and the exclusion of foreigners in Europe.[4] The title Nha Fala (Portuguese: A minha fala, feminine of A minha voz which means "my voice") also stands for the desire to express his innermost heart, unadulterated and free.

The movie was seen in several movie festivals including the 2002 Venice Film Festival where it was awarded, the African Film Festival of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, the Amiens Film Festival in the north of France.[5], the 3 Continents Festival in Nantes, France, the 2002 Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia and the 2003 28th Annual Göteborg (Gothenburg) Film Festival in Sweden. In Brazil, they were seen at the 31st Bahía International Film Festival held in 2004 and the 2007 Itu Film Festival. In 2008, it was seen at the 2008 Göteborg (Gothenburg) Film Festival.


The film was released on 25 May 2003 in Portugal, later it was released in France on 16 June 2003, Guinea-Bissau on 6 March 2004 and later in Cape Verde.

My Voice was later released on DVD in 2013.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Film Entry of Nha Fala" (in Portuguese). SAPO Cinema. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Deutschsprachige Seite des Films" [German language site of movies]. Trigon Film. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  3. ^ Bonus Material in the Portuguese DVD edition, new age 2003
  4. ^ A.Murtinheira/I.Metzeltin: Geschichte des portugiesischen Kinos. (History of Portuguese Cinema), 1 Volume, Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2010, p. 147 ISBN 978-3-7069-0590-9
  5. ^ "Nha Fala". IMDb. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Nha Fala-Meine Stimme". Trigon Film. Retrieved 14 October 2013.

Further reading

  • Nha Fala in Lisbon

Magazine issues

  • Revista Cinélive no. 70, p. 62
  • Studio Magazine no. 191, p. 32
  • Revista Première no. 317, p. 39

External links

  • My Voice on IMDb
  • Official Portuguese trailer on YouTube (in Portuguese)
  • French movie clips on YouTube (in French)
  • Nha Fala at C.E,M. (interview with Flora Gomes)
  • Nha Fala – shown in Bissau (6 March 2004 – Bissau Media and Publications Agensy (Agência Bissau Media e Publicações))
  • Nha Fala on DVD
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