10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Djon África (2018 Feature Film)

João MILLER GUERRA | Filipa REIS | Brazil | 2018 | color | DCP | 95′ | Portuguese | e.s.

A chance meeting sets 25-year-old Portuguese Djon África on the track of his roots in Cape Verde. He hopes to finally find his father, an adventurer whom he doesn't know. But things never go as planned in life – and particularly in this playful search for Djon’s identity.

The kindhearted Miguel – alias Tibars, alias Djon África, born and raised in Portugal – loves women and lives a carefree life. If anyone criticizes him, he quotes the old Frank Sinatra song: “I do it ‘My Way’.” Until one day a stranger tells him he’s the spitting image of his father, “a player and a crook”. His father, whom he never even knew! 

This intriguing discovery makes him change tack. Particularly when his grandmother, who always took care of him, finally tells him more. About how his father was in prison; how sad Miguel was as a toddler when he couldn’t see him; how his father was banished to Cape Verde. Miguel goes there to visit him. Who is this man? 

The impressions of Cape Verde and the characters’ authenticity show that this filmmaking duo have lots of experience with documentaries. Oscillating between playful and melancholy in tone, a capricious odyssey unfolds at a calm pace, with unexpected twists and colorful meetings, drawing Miguel into the city’s nightlife and the solitude of the countryside. Peregrinations that not only show him Cape Verde – including an introduction to the secrets of the national drink, grogue – but also raise questions about his identity, where he belongs and where he is heading. The songs at the beginning and end round off Djon África with a slightly political accent.

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 15:45

Duration: 1:13

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 21:00

Duration: 1:13

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 11:00

Duration: 1:13

Year in



Filipa REIS


Vasco Viana


Miguel Moreira
Isabel Cardoso




Eduardo Serrano
Ricardo Pretti






Pedro Pinho
Rachel Ellis
Samira Pereira
Filipa Reis
João Miller Guerra

Production Company

Terratreme Filmes
Desvia Filmes
Uma Pedra no Sapato


Still Moving


Pedro Pinho

Sound Design

Ruben Santigo

Year of Production


João MILLER GUERRA (1974) lives and works together with Filipa REIS (1977) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Filipa REIS

They have made several short films and documentaries since 2007 that were presented at many international film festivals such as Cinéma du Réel, IDFA and DokLeipzig. Together they have a film production company, Uma Pedra no Sapato. Their first feature film Djon África (2018) had its world premiere at IFFR 2018.



(selection, all co-dir) Li ké terra (2010, doc), Nada fazi (2012), Cama de gato (2012, short doc), Bela vista (2013, short doc), For a da vida/On the Side (2015, short doc), A Woman’s Story (2009-2017, TV series), Djon África (2018)