Produced by Fernando Vendrell, and directed by Zézé Gamboa, the 2004 film is about the life of average Angolans after the civil war. The film follows the lives of three individuals: Vitório, a crippled by a landmine who returns to ; Manu, a young boy searching for his soldier father; and Joana, a teacher who mentors the boy and begins a love affair with Vitório. The Hero won the 2005 World Dramatic Cinema Jury Grand Prize. A joint Angolan, Portuguese, and French production, Gamboa filmed The Hero entirely in Angola.


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