A Luta Continua (1972), the noteworthy activist documentary on the Mozambican struggle for independence, is available for the first time in its entirety online. Filmed by an African American crew in close cooperation with the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), A Luta Continua follows the efforts of Mozambican nationalists to end Portugalâ€™s four hundred year empire and replace it with a new egalitarian society. The record of FRELIMOâ€™s efforts to build schools, develop local agriculture, and provide medical care in the liberated territories was screened widely throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. It helped build interest in southern Africa during a period when Vietnam dominated discussions of international solidarity and activism.
It is available for viewing at http://openvault.wgbh.org/custom_collections/9#media
The digitization is part of WGBHâ€™s Open Vault project, for which R Joseph Parrot curated an online exhibit on African American solidarity organizing with Portuguese Africa. It highlights episodes from the WGBH program Say Brother, which discussed black issues in Boston between 1968 and 1983. An introduction, short article, some images, and internet links contextualize the film within this larger movement. Parrot is working with WGBH to post one or two additional videos in the future, pending the permission of participants.
The online publication of A Luta Continua was made possible by the generosity of producer, director, and narrator Robert Van Lierop and the assistance of the African Activist Archive at Michigan State University. If you have any questions about the film or project, please feel free to contact Parrot by email at RJParrott@utexas.edu.