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Clicking and Streaming: 'Death Metal Angola' is the ode to death metal the world needs

Clicking and Streaming: 'Death Metal Angola' is the ode to death metal the world needs

"Death Metal Angola" opens with intimate, handheld shots of an Angolan man, Wilker Flores, playing a six-string and breathily snarling into a mic in front of dim-lit stucco wall. This image, which both confirms the typical heavy-metal image and complicates it, is followed by a description of Angola’s tragic and tumultuous post-colonial history and recurring violence. And so, the cultural aspects of the death-metal genre and its significance to the southern African nation becomes palpable as director Jeremy Xido synthesizes this harrowing and necessary documentary. The movie focuses on a rock festival forming in Huambo, the capital province of Angola, and the people who...

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