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A Storm was coming

Feature Film


  • Berlinale 2020,
  • Forum,
  • Documentary

Javier Fernández Vázquez

First feature film

2019. Spanish, Bubi. 88’

In 1904, Ësáasi Eweera, the last native Bubi leader who opposed the Spanish rule at the current island of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea, was detained by colonial guards and died three days later. By reenacting written texts through voiceovers, taping and studying native oral accounts and identifying historically charged sites, A Storm Was Coming reflects on the gaps, contradictions and falsehoods that colonial history is built upon.


Lati Maraña A.E.C.


Javier Fernández Vázquez


Nieves Posa Bohome, Paciencia Tobileri Bepe, Ricardo Bulá Bitema, Donato Muatetema Muelachuá, Fermín Muatiché Burelepe, José Fernando Siale Djangany, Justo Bolekia Boleká, Reha-Xustina Bolekia Bueriberi, Pedro Tena Ramos, Roberto Cuenca, José Carlos Domínguez, David García Vázquez






Javier Fernández Vázquez

Main production company

Javier Fernández Vázquez

Contact & international sales

Javier Fernández VázquezSalto de línea javierfernandezvazquez@gmail.comSalto de línea +34 615 72 78 19

As far as I know, Anunciaron tormenta is one of the first attempts in Spanish cinema that addresses the colonial past of Equatorial Guinea. My concern about this issue began more than ten years ago, when I found out that the bibliography on this territory was very scarce. Moreover, very few people in Spain seemed to know or remember that Equatorial Guinea was controlled by Spain until 1968.Salto de línea Most of the reference texts that deal with this period belong to the Francoist era and helped to construct the idea of a benevolent, condescending metropole that peacefully persuaded natives of the kindness of Catholic religion. A closer reading between the lines of such texts tells a different story. A violent one. Apart from the archive and field research undertaken in Spain and Equatorial Guinea, my main task has been to define the audio-visual tools that would help me to mark those gaps and contradictions in the official texts that would expose the operations of concealment carried out by colonial institutions. Therefore, I established three paths: reflecting on the status of orality versus writing; identifying historically charged sites and exploring the materiality of the documents. My creative process has been focused on experimenting with the relations among them, always reemebering what the writer Justo Bolekia Boleká once told me after he agreed to take part in the project: ‘Bubis will tell you a lot of things about their collective and individual memory but they will always keep something for themselves’.


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