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High cities of bone

Altas cidades de ossadas

Karlon, born in Pedreira dos Húngaros (a slum in the outskirts of Lisbon) and a pioneer of Cape Verdean creole rap, runs away from the housing project to which he had been relocated.

Nights of vigil are spent under a sweltering tropical heat. Among the sugarcanes, a rumour emerges—Karlon hasn’t stopped singing.

High Cities of Bone is a stark, steady and humane exploration of Karlon’s memories and institutional sieges, unearthing stories from a dark time.

Director

João Salaviza

Country

Portugal

Year

2017

Premiere

UK Premiere

Dialogue Language

Creole

Primary Contact

Pedro Peralta

Producer

João Matos

Director of photography

Vasco Viana

Editor

João Salaviza, Edgar Feldman

Sound design

Rafael Cardoso