Digging For Life

14 min | Cameroon | 2021

When a young Cameroonian man attempts to pursue the dream of a better life in post-apartheid South Africa, he instead finds himself trapped as a slave in Angola.

Directors: Joao Queiroga

João Queiroga is a Portuguese director, performer and educator. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in documentary media from Northwestern University's School of Communication. He is a Calouste Gulbenkian scholar, a Hoffman grantee, a Davis UWC scholar, and a Fulbright recipient. Additional experience includes assignments with Cinema/Chicago WGN-TV Chicago and Cannes Int’l Film Festival. As a filmmaker his work has screen internationally at Hot Docs, IDFA, BFI:Flare, DocLisboa and many others.

His hybrid documentary film “Our Skin” was nominated for an Iris Award and won a Lili Award. João has served as Chair of the Post-Production Department at New York Film Academy, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in Doha, Qatar.


Producers:  João Queiroga, Adiang Assuoe Thomas Germain, Jesseca Ynez Simmons, Kevin Patrick Gorey | Editing: João Queiroga | DOP: Jesseca Ynez Simmons | Sound: Kevin Patrick Gorey, Collin Susich | Music: Lawn Games | Language: English | Subtitles: Arabic