August 12, 2023

Cesária Évora

Film Screening

Cape Verde

Cesaria Evora

Photo by Pierre Rene-Worms


World renowned performer Cesária Évora in a new and intimate documentary. With previously unseen footage and insights into the singer’s life, the film follows the struggles and success of the Barefoot Diva. Her voice took her from poverty to stardom, but her only dream was to be free.  

Director: Ana Sofia Fonseca 

Country of Origin: Portugal 

Year: 2022 

Language: English, French, Portuguese, Creole with English subtitles 

Length: 95 minutes 

About Cesária Évora

CESÁRIA ÉVORA draws an empowering portrait of the legendary singer Cesária Évora, a woman born in colonial Cape Verde, who soared to the heights of the musical world and always pursued freedom above all else. CESÁRIA ÉVORA traces the diverse political and social contexts of Évora’s life and the universal themes of freedom and racial and gender inequality, illustrated by many never-before-seen archival footage, original recordings, and unique testimonies from the people who knew the woman behind the legend. Director Ana Sofia Fonseca uses multiple techniques to gradually reveal the spirit of the singer, feminist force, and trailblazing African icon. Beyond her painstaking archival research, Fonseca built relationships with Évora’s friends and family, interviewing them multiple times throughout the creation the film. The film also features contemporary footage of Évora’s beloved Cape Verde capturing the poetry of the sea and the land and the air that shaped the woman and the artist. 

Dates & Times

August 12
5:30pm – 7:10pm


Studio Theatre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON

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