Farewell Amor directed by Ekwa Msangi
Farewell Amor directed by Ekwa Msangi

IFC Films will release the deeply personal and intergenerational immigrant story, Farewell Amor, written and directed by breakout director and Sundance Institute fellow, Ekwa Msangi. The film marks Msangi’s feature directorial debut, and stars Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson, Joie Lee, Marcus Scribner, and Nana Mensah.

Farewell Amor had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition Section, winning the 2020 Sundance Institute Producer’s Award on behalf of producer Huriyyah Muhammad (Outrageous Pictures). IFC Films will be releasing Farewell Amor in December of 2020.

After 17 years in exile, Walter finally reunites with his family after being forced to leave Angola for New York City. We meet the family as Walter is picking up his wife, Esther, and daughter, Sylvia, from the airport to bring them home to his one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment. They quickly discover how the years of separation have turned them into absolute strangers. As they attempt to overcome the personal and political hurdles amongst them, they rely on the muscle memory of dance to find their way back “home.” Farewell Amor is an immigrant story that has come to define the American landscape since its inception.

Director Ekwa Msangi added, “We’re so delighted to have found a supportive and caring home for Farewell Amor in IFC Films, and that Arianna and her team are as excited as we are to share this labor of love with the world. Not many are bold enough to distribute a story about an African family fighting for love, and the fact that IFC sees the human story in our film and are willing to champion it says a lot about them. If there were ever a time that our world needed a reminder of our humanity, it is now.”

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