Ësáasi Eweera, one of the last kings of the Bubi people of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea, and a thorn in the side of the Spanish colonial powers, died in 1904 under mysterious circumstances. This unsolved case is now reopened today, starting with his rise to the throne and continuing all the way through to the reverberations of his death in the present. Oral accounts, archive footage and newly shot images are woven together into a vital, wonderfully heterogeneous essay: a detective story, an indictment of colonialism and a swansong to the Bubi culture, countless textures rubbing against one another, like history itself. (J.L.)
-Berlinale Forum - 2020
Javier Fernández Vázquez is a filmmaker, anthropologist and visual culture reseacher. In 2007 he directed his first short film Señales de Indiferencia / Marks of Indifference, which received the award to the best international short film in the Valdivia International Film Festival (Chile). In 2008, he founded with Luis López Carrasco and Natalia Marín Sancho the experimental and documentary film collective, Los Hijos. Anunciaron tormenta / A storm was coming (2019) is his first solo feature-length film.