As Filhas do Fogo

As Filhas do Fogo
The Daughters of Fire

Three young sisters are set apart by the eruption of Fogo. But they sing. One day, we will know why we live and why we suffer.


“I hope that we can manifest that [Arnold] Schönberg thing, 'Every look can become a poem, every sigh might become a novel', because that's what happens with singing and music, just a note can become your life.”

Pedro Costa1


The Daughters of Fire [As Filhas do fogo] is the Nervalian nickname Pedro Costa gave, back during Casa de Lava (1994), to the Cape Verdean women whose faces radiated from the opening of the film and whose encounters set his cinema on the path to its truth: to accompany the destiny of a people, to tell the truth about its misfortune and its greatness, about its betrayal by Portugal and its history. The stations of this filmmaking, from In Vanda’s Room (2000) to Vitalina Varela (2019), have been of constant spiritual elevation, the implacable tale of suffering and the material and political reasons for it together with approaching and unveiling a mystery beyond history. This mystery is the subject of Daughters of Fire, set apart from history.”

Cyril Neyrat2

UPDATED ON 11.03.2024