Monangambée is a song meaning "White Death", a war cry against colonial abuses in Angola. This film depicts abuses by Portuguese slave traders in Angola through the torture of one prisoner resulting from the colonizer's incomprehension and cultural ignorance. The free jazz soundtrack by the Art Ensemble of Chicago is one of the highlights of the film, as the documentary images of life in prison and the final photographs of the Angolan guerrilla by Augusta Conchiglia.
- Cannes Film Festival (1971)
- First prize at the Festival of Tours
- Award for Best Director. Carthage Film Festival
- First prize at the Dinar Festival
French of Antillean origin, Sarah Maldoror's work is a kind of poetry dedicated to translating the cultural, social and political movement of Négritude into sound and image. A new visual and narrative syntax for a different identity. She started out in theater -Les Griots, the first all-black drama theater company-, after which she studied film in Moscow and then joined the international decolonization movements. As part of these, her work would be on par with the work of theoretical essayists like Fanon and Amílcar Cabral, and would be among the most resounding film manifestations of the global south. After this guerrilla stage, Maldoror would take on issues of black identity through the cultural, political and social movement of négritude, founded by the poets Aimé Césaire, Leopold Senghor and Léon Damas. She would come to think of her filmmaking as a way of translating the poetic word of these writers into images. Her work includes fiction film, documentary film in a broad sense (reportage, portraits, landscapes) and theater.