a film by
Billy Woodberry

Documentary | 90' | EUA - Portugal


Mário de Andrade: Soul of African Utopia documents the story and legacy of the founder of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola.

Growing up in one of the last European colonies in Africa and becoming a man of the world, Mário travelled around the globe in a mission for the success of liberation movements in Africa.

A lifelong exile and a committed poet while guerrilla fighter in Angola, Minister of Culture in Cape Verde, Editor of Presence Africaine in Paris and UNESCO representative, his cutting-edge life throughout the most critical period of African modern history arises today as a timely inspiration for the future path of African young generations.


Born in Dallas in 1950, Billy Woodberry is one of the founders of the L.A. Rebellion film movement. His first feature film Bless Their Little Hearts (1983) is a pioneer and essential work of this movement, influenced by Italian neo-realism and the work of Third Cinema filmmakers. The film was awarded with an OCIC and Interfilm awards at the Berlin International Film Festival and was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2013. His latest feature film And when I die, I won’t stay dead (2015) about the beat poet Bob Kaufman was the opening film of MoMA’s Doc Fortnight in 2016.


Woodberry has appeared in Charles Burnett’s “When It Rains” (1995) and provided narration for Thom Andersen’s Red HOLLYWOOD” (1996) and James Benning’s “Four Corners”(1998).


His work has been screened at Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Harvard Film Archive, Camera Austria Symposium, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou.

He received his MFA degree from UCLA in 1982 where he also taught at the School of Theater, Film and Television. Since 1989 Billy Woodberry is a faculty member of the School of Film/Video and the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts.