Praised by his daughter, Baio comes back to Guinea-Bissau 30 years after his exile. Fatu requires his presence for her wedding, a very dear day for her. She is marrying Idrissa, the famous singer of the Supercamarimba band. The ceremony is held in Tabatô, a village of musicians. As Baio returns to old places he once knew, memories of the war of independence are resurfacing. To put the war and its ghosts to rest, Idrissa will give a last battle…
Offering a non-eurocentered view of contemporary Africa, The Battle of Tabatô gives a new approach of Guinea-Bissau political history. Furthermore, this long feature is a tribute to Madingo music. The Battle of Tabatô is a lyrical poem and a song for peace.
Berlinale Forum (Germany) 2013 - Special Mention Feature Debute ; Festival del Cinema Africano, d’Asia e America Latina (Italy) 2013 - Best African Film ; Olhar de Cinema (Brazil) 2013 - Curitiba International Film Festival ; Guanajuato Film Festival (Mexico) 2013 - official competition ; Indie Lisboa (Portugal) 2013 - National and international Competition ; FIDMarseille (France) 2013 - Out of competition ; 35th Moscow IFF - “Portuguese Euphoria”(Russia) 2013 - Official Out-of-Competition ; Contemporary Art Museum MALBA (Argentina) 2013 - Semana de cine portugués en Buenos Aires ; FID Marseille (France) 2013 ; European Film festival Palic (Serbia) 2013 ; Durban IFF (South Africa) 2013 ; Festival Cinémas d'Afrique (Switzerland) 2013
" An helming debut " Variety, USA (2013)
" One of the more offbeat premieres at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival " The Hollywood Reporter, USA (2013)