"Ondjelua" - The Rain Festival

In the forgotten heart of the Huíla province in Angola, there exists an ancient people surviving the modern world. A people woven from rituals and stories, their wellspring of culture slowly drying up, struggling to endure in a technological, globalized world. Through the Sacred Ox procession, the Mumuíla initiate the Ondjélua. A tradition upholding culture - and hope - with ancient wisdom, yearning to be shared.

  • Eurico "Gigio" Pereira
  • Nuno Soler
  • Óscar Gil Pereira
  • Jorge Arrimar
    Key Cast
  • Rafael Calapato
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 3 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Angola, Portugal
  • Language:
    Other, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Unitel Angola Move
    October 5, 2023
    Best Documentary
Director Biography - Eurico "Gigio" Pereira

Eurico Pereira
Eurico Pereira is a Director, Marketing and Audiovisuals Project Manager; acting as a dynamic force in the world of communication, particularly in Angola. His role as a project coordinator has been pivotal in shaping impactful communication projects, where he often assumed the role of a film director for social campaigns. This unique experience has granted him a profound understanding of global challenges, with a specific focus on Africa.
Professional Achievements
Eurico's collaboration with various non-governmental agencies, including UNICEF, Search for Common Ground, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Vision, ADPP, etc, has led to significant transformations in impoverished communities. His versatility is evident in roles such as project manager, where he excels in coordinating communication and marketing projects within established companies.
His hands-on involvement in diverse projects has provided unparalleled insights into the complexities of the African and Angolan contexts. Eurico's ability to navigate challenges and craft compelling narratives through film and social campaigns distinguishes him as a reference in the field.
Educational Background
Eurico embarked on his academic journey with a degree in Cinema, Video, and Multimedia Communication from ULHT Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon, Portugal. Specializing in Audio-visual Communication and Analogue + Digital Cinema and Video Technologies, he gained expertise in advertising and essential tools for television, radio, and print campaign development.
He furthered his education with a Postgraduate degree in Integrated Communication from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here, he delved deep into marketing knowledge and strategies, honing his ability to efficiently communicate with target audiences and optimize resources for promoting products and services.
Additionally, Eurico pursued a Postgraduate degree in First Management at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This program equipped him with comprehensive management and administration skills, providing insights into business management, product and service development, organizational structure, human resources, and the fundamental aspects of creating a company's mission, vision, and values.
Eurico Pereira's journey is a testament to his ability to blend creativity, social impact, and strategic communication. His work not only reflects his expertise but also his deep understanding of the diverse challenges faced by communities in Africa, particularly Angola. Through his projects, he continues to craft narratives that inspire change and empower societies.

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Director Statement

In the heart of Angola, where tradition intertwines with the modern world, "Ondjélua" unfolds as a cinematic tribute to resilience, culture, and the enduring spirit of a community. As the director of this social film, I embarked on a profound journey to capture the essence of the Mumuíla people, a community deeply rooted in ancient rituals amidst a rapidly changing world.

Through "Ondjélua," I aimed to bridge the gap between generations, preserving the fading cultural tapestry of the Mumuíla people while shedding light on the challenges faced in contemporary Africa. The film delves into the depths of this community, showcasing their rituals, stories, and the wisdom passed down through generations. It serves as a poignant reminder of the delicate balance between tradition and the inevitable embrace of modernity.

My cinematic approach was driven by a deep respect for the Mumuíla culture, employing visuals and storytelling techniques that honor their traditions. We ventured into the forgotten corners of the Huíla province, capturing the authenticity of their lives and the beauty of their rituals. Through carefully crafted scenes and heartfelt interviews, "Ondjélua" aims to immerse the audience in the rich cultural heritage of the Mumuíla people.

Collaborating closely with the community, I sought to amplify their voices, struggles, and hopes. "Ondjélua" became a collective effort, where the camera became a bridge connecting the past, present, and future. The film highlights not only the challenges faced by the Mumuíla people but also their enduring strength and the wisdom they offer to the world.

As the director, my vision was to create a cinematic masterpiece that not only educates but also inspires. "Ondjélua" is not just a film; it's a testament to the power of storytelling to preserve traditions, evoke empathy, and ignite change. I invite the audience to embark on this transformative journey with us, to witness the resilience of a people, and to join us in celebrating the vibrant cultural heritage of Angola and Africa at large.