Bangaologia takes a voyage that spans from Angola to the US and Europe in journey to discover why this mysterious African “It factor” called “Banga” has been inspiring so many in and out of Africa, and how it is bringing the world closer to the motherland of style. “Banga,” the Angolan term for swag or style, is examined in detail. From the lowest rungs of Angolan society to the country’s cosmopolitan jet-set—Banga we’re told is something vital to the Angolan people’s cultural future.

Banga is a synonym for style, for personality and for attitude. You’ve got to combine those three elements into one word. What really drove the director to make the documentary is that the concept of Banga in Angolan culture is not really about how you dress but about how you express yourself.

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Director: Coréon Dú
Country: Angola
Year: 2016
Runtime: 85 min.