The Healing Powers of Heavy Metal Music in Death Metal Angola


Death Metal Angola


Opening Theatrically in Los Angeles on Nov 7, 2014

 Opening Theatrically in New York City, Nov 21, 2014

Day-and-Date Digital on iTunes Nov 21st 


A Film by Jeremy Xido
A Film by Jeremy Xido

The remarkable documentary DEATH METAL ANGOLA explores the pulsating death metal scene in the West African country of Angola, the epicenter of Africa’s rock music culture, and the people who keep it alive and thrashing. Directed by Jeremy Xido, who happened to be in Angola researching another documentary when he discovered that the war-torn nation had a flourishing death metal scene, DEATH METAL ANGOLA reveals the power of heavy metal music—as magical to some as it can be terrifying to others—to both heal and inspire.

DEATH METAL ANGOLA focuses on Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores, both of whom live and breathe heavy metal as they run the Okutiuka orphanage, a home to 55 children in the war-ravaged city of Huambo, Angola. Flores is a death metal guitarist who uses sounds and rhythms of his extreme music as a path to healing, or, as girlfriend Sonia puts it, “to clear out the debris from all these years of war.” Together, the two dream of staging Angola’s first-ever national rock concert, bringing together members from different strands of the Angolan metal scene from different provinces. What begins as a seemingly unrealistic undertaking quickly gains momentum, aided by social media and propelled by members of the death metal underground, who join together to stage the event.

The Vladar Company presents the theatrical engagement release of DEATH METAL ANGOLA in Los Angeles, Nov 7, 2014 (AMC Burbank 8 Town Center) and in New York City on Nov 21st (Cinema Village). DEATH METAL ANGOLA will also be released on iTunes on November November 21st.

The film has already enjoyed a critically acclaimed international rollout across Europe and at such fests as the Dubai International Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Cinema City International Film Festival.

Raucous and righteous, DEATH METAL ANGOLA follows Wilker and Sonia’s passionate story and presents to audiences an intimate look at an extreme, off-the-grid rock show that is at once fulfilling, haunting, and all-too-real. Most amazingly, DEATH METAL ANGOLA reveals how heavy metal has helped to heal the wounds of a devastating history and how it’s given a sense of purpose to a generation that still carries the physical and psychological scars of its past.

Synopsis — Death Metal Angola

International Award winning DEATH METAL ANGOLA follows a loving Angolan couple, Sonia and Wilker, whose love for death metal music is bringing hope to the town and children of Huambo, and Angola as a country. The devastating reality of Angola’s history of wars, and civil unrest has left the country’s people torn, broken, and starving for something to give them peace. Sonia, and Wilker’s dream to put on the first national rock festival ignites the emotions of the Angolan people, and helps them heal from the war stricken path Angola has left behind. This engaging reality of Angola touches the heart of the viewer, and sheds new light on a music genre that is not well understood.