Coalition Films

based in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.



“A cult classic in the making”
Huffington Post

“Absorbing, beautifully shot documentary…I predict a long festival life, if not more, for Xido’s superb film.”

“An outstanding documentary”
The National



Following nearly 40 years of unrelenting war – with every attendant horror – peace and reconstruction are slowly arriving to Angola. Damaged first by the war for independence from Portugal, Angola was then ripped apart by a devastating civil war that orphaned thousands of children. Huambo, Angola’s second largest city, finds 55 of these children in the Okutiuka orphanage under the care of Sonia Ferreira. Sonia’s boyfriend, Wilker Flores, is a death metal guitarist who uses the brutal sounds and rhythms of this hardcore music as a path to healing, or, as Sonia says, “to clear out the debris from all these years of war.”


What initially looks like a Quixotic undertaking gains momentum, aided by social media and propelled by members of the various branches of the death metal hardcore underground, who join together to stage the event. Raucous and righteous, DMA’s look at a rock show off the grid is fulfilling, haunting, and real.

about Sonia Ferreira

Sonia Ferreira is a passionate humanitarian, born in Huambo (Angola), 1973. She was a pioneer of the OPA and also the Maestra of the Muscial Band Pioneers of Benguela. She had a number of different occupations, including being a school teacher, a cook on a Greek ship, and the direct of the transit centre for demobilised soldiers (IOM International Organization for Migration). In 1997 she founded the NGO Child Okutiuka and is the general representative coordinator as well as a co-founder.




  • Dubai International Film Festival  – Dec 2012 (International Premiere
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival – Jan 2013 (European Premiere)
  • Sarasota Film festival – April 2013 (North American Premiere)
  • BAFICI  Buenos Aires International Festival – April 2013 (Latin American Premiere)
  • CPH:DOX (Copenhagen) – 2013
  • Films from the South (Oslo) – 2013
  • DocsLisboa (Lisbon) – 2013
  • In-Edit Festival (Barcelona) – 2013
  • Sydney International Film Festival (Sydney)- 2013 (Oceanic Premiere)
  • Transylvania international film festival (Sibiu) – 2013
  • Oya Film Festival (Norway) – 2013
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival – 2013 – Grand Prize Best Documentary Feature
  • SANFIC (Chile) – 2013
  • L’etrange (Paris) – 2013
  • Bergen Film Festival (Norway) – 2013
  • International Film Festival Braunschweig (Germany) – 2013
  • FIC Lunda International Film Festival (Angola) – 2013
  • Exground Film Festival (Germany) – 2013
  • Popoli Film Festival (Italy) – 2013
  • Watch Docs International Film Festival (Poland) – 2013
  • Cycle Muiquepointdoc – la gaite lyrique (France) – 2013
  • Fribourg International Film Festival – 2013
  • Films From The South (Norway) – 2013
  • Sounds Unseen (Minneapolis) – 2013
  • Cologne International Film festival (Germany) – 2013
  • New Orleans International Film festival (USA) – 2013
  • DOC NYC (USA) – 2013
  • Festival de Cine Africana Cordoba (Spain) – 2013
  • Lausanne Underground Film Festival (Switzerland) – 2013
  • DMZ Korean International Doc Festival (South Korea) – 2013 (Asian Premiere)
  • Kaosiung Film Festival (Taiwan) – 2013
  • Phil ANselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival, Austin, Texas (USA) – 2013
  • Metalzone Festival (Bayreuth, Germany)
  • London Film Africa
  • Afrika Eye Film Festival (UK)
  • Rokumentti Rock Film Festival (Finland)