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What we have here is a rather sweet story of the plan to hold Angola's first national rock concert in its bombed-out, rubble-strewn, second-largest city, Huambo.
Director Jeremy Xido pays attention to the music only peripherally, without providing cultural context to supplement the history, and the country's demotic kuduro genre gets only a couple of passing references.
The genre's aggressive qualities aren't just a coping mechanism, but also a means of recontextualizing personal and national traumas.
An upbeat chronicle of very hard rock in a very hard place, Death Metal Angola is one of the livelier and more enticingly exotic additions to the ever-burgeoning music-documentary sub-genre.
I've seen more than enough documentaries about extreme metal that mythologize violent, antisocial behavior; this one shows people using harsh, aggressive music to build a positive community.
Connects a dark music usually associated with misunderstood teenagers with the harrowing trials of a national nightmare.
"Death Metal Angola" is engrossing, entertaining and, above all, deeply true - here's to hoping more people find a way to see it.
Sometimes I tend to forget how much American culture affects the rest of the world. Then I see the healing influence of extreme heavy metal music in a remote war-torn town in Angola, and it brings that home.
Death Metal Angola is not another doc that depicts Africans as unruly or uncivilized. Instead, Xida highlighted their gifts, poetry and honesty. This isn't a film about war in an African country, it is a story of how music saves anyone, anywhere.
Death Metal Angola starts as a brooding national crisis doc and ends as a concert film. The transition is remarkably seamless.
... more than a treatise on the origins of this bombastic musical style. It's a story of hope. There's no reinvention of the form here, just a solid documentary on a subject you had probably never thought existed.
Death Metal comes to war-torn Angola, an expression of the good side of globalization.
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