Narrated from three different perspectives, Farewell Amor shows us how Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is reunited with his wife Esther (Zainab Jah) and their daughter Sylvia (Jayme Lawson), after spending seventeen years apart. Walter has been living in the US all this time, while his wife and his daughter have been waiting in Angola before being able to join him. As two opposite worlds collide and they have to live together in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, the reunion won’t come easy. Culture and religion will have to find their space, and dance will be the hinge that unites these two worlds, despite the fact that the life that Walter led will be completely affected by his family’s arrival. Love and heartbreak will mark Walter and Esther’s reunion.
After its presentation at Sundance in 2020, Farewell Amor won many awards at various film festivals. The indie spirit of this film is tangible, with its powerful characters, careful aesthetic and evident empathy towards the situation experienced by the protagonists. In her debut feature, filmmaker Ekwa Msangi exposes a family story to illustrate the life of immigrants in the States, very often separated on two continents because of a bureaucracy that does little to help improve their situation.