Another Day of Life also uses documentary to translate the horror and poetry of Ryszard Kapuciskis book
In November 1975, Ryszard Kapuciski telexed his editor in Warsaw to plead for permission to return home from Angola. The era of Portuguese colonialism was ending, the fight for independence that would become one of the many proxy battlefields of the cold war was intensifying and, after three months spent on dangerous roads and in a capital city growing more paranoid and hallucinatory by the day, the Polish Press Agency reporter was spent.
My money ran out and I am barely alive, he wrote. It is more or less clear what will happen, which is that the Angolans will win, but it is going to take a while and I am on my last legs.
Kapuciski, long acknowledged as one of the greatest journalists of the 20th century for his literary evocations of wars and revolutions in Africa and Latin America, was right on both counts.
He was haunted by what he had seen, what he had done and what he had failed to do while the nascent conflict he had chronicled would stagger on until 2002.
The experience provided him with the raw material for Another Day of Life, his deeply personal book about being alone and lost in the chaos and confusion of Angola.
Eleven years after Kapuciskis death, the book has been adapted into an award-winning film that mixes animation and documentary to retell and update the story.
The idea came to the films co-director, Ral de la Fuente, and his producer and partner, Amaia Remrez, when they were on holiday on Menorca 10 years ago. The Spaniards had loved Kapuciski since they were teenagers, and saw Another Day of Life as both a geopolitical parable and a portrait of a journalist enduring a dark night of the soul.
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