Death Metal Angola (2014)
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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.
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