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Mother Just a Smile (Mama dan so que Sorriso)

In order to grieve and properly say goodbye to her love ones, Isabel Cardoso, decides to share with her late mother, certain key moments of her life. This is a mother-daughter relationship transcending space, time and dimension while highlighting black womanhood and struggle in Portugal.

Directors Spotlight

Cyrielle Raingou


Cyrielle Raingou is a Cameroonian filmmaker passionate about African cultural identity, its promotion on an international scale and the economic interest it raises. She very often uses legends, metaphor, the symbolism of animals to unearth the complexity and mystery within human. She just completed her first feature length documentary Le Spectre de Boko Haram, focused on the life in a war zone from children perspective. Le Spectre de Boko Haram had its world premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023, where it won the Tiger award. Cyrielle Raingou holds master’s degrees in law and in documentary film directing.

  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 18 minutes
  • Country: Cameroon, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium
  • Language: Creole, Portuguese
  • Director: Cyrielle Raingou
  • Premiere: North America

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