Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project. No. 4 / the Film Foundation World Cinema Project.

Video/Projected medium
  • Multiple languages
  • Portuguese
  • Kimbundu
  • Lingala
  • Bantu languages
  • Spanish
  • Guarani
  • Persian
  • French
  • Duala
  • Basa (Cameroon)
  • Hungarian
  • Hindi
  • Dual-format Blu-ray and DVD special edition.
  • Dual-format edition.
[New York] : The Criterion Collection, 2022.
9 videodiscs (approximately 601 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (71 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 18 cm).


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Summary note
  • Sambizanga: "Chronicles the awakening of Angola's independence movement ... follows a young woman as she makes her way from the outskirts of Luanda toward the city's center, looking for her husband after his arrest by the Portuguese authorities--an incident that will ultimately help to ignite a national uprising."--Container.
  • Prisioneros de la tierra: "Desperate men are entrapped into indentured labor on a jungle yerba maté plantation..."--Container.
  • Chess of the wind: "A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in period atmosphere, Chess of the wind plays out inside a candlelit mansion, where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares potential heirs as they vie over their matriarch's estate."--Container.
  • Muna moto: "In a Cameroonian village, the rigid customs governing courtship and marriage mean that a betrothed couple, though deeply in love, can be torn apart by the lack of a dowry and another man's claiming of the young woman--a rupture that sets the stage for a clash between a patriarchal society and a modern generation."--Container.
  • Two girls on the street: "Two upwardly mobile working women--one a musician in an all-female band, the other a bricklayer--join forces in their attempts to make it in Budapest, supporting each other through changing fortunes, the advances of lecherous men, and the highs and heartbreaks of love."--Container.
  • Kalpana: "Unfolding as an epic film within a film, Kalpana tells the story of a dancer (the director himself) who is determined to open a cultural center and breathe new life into India's traditional artistic forms."--Container.
  • Title from set box.
  • Each film is included in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.
  • Sambizanga based on the novel A vida verdadeira de Domingos Xavier by José Luandino Vieira.
  • Prisioneros de la tierra based on characters from the short stories "Una bofetada," "Un peón," "Los destiladores de naranja," and "Los desterrados" by Horacio Quiroga.
  • Two girls on the street: Based on a play by Tamás Emöd, Rezsö Török.
  • Originally released as motion pictures between 1939-1976.
  • Various aspect ratios.
  • Special features: New introductions by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese ; Interviews featuring Sambizanga director Sarah Maldoror and Annouchka de Andrade, Maldoror's daught; film historians Paula Félix-Didier and Andrés Levinson (on Prisioneros de la tierra); Two girls on the street director André de Toth; and film historian Suresh Chabria and filmmaker Kumar Shahani (on Kalpana) ; The Majnoun and the wind (2022), a documentary by Gita Aslani Shahrestani featuring Chess of the wind director Mohammad Reza Aslani and others ; New program by filmmaker Mohamed Challouf featuring interviews with Muna moto director Dikongué-Pipa and film historian Férid Boughedir ; Booklet fearuting a foreward and essays on the films by critics and scholars Yasmina Price, Matthew B. Karush, Ehsan Khoshbakht, Aboubakar Sanogo, Chris Fujiwara, and Shai Heredia.
Creation/​Production credits
  • Sambizanga: cinematography, Claude Agostini ; editor, Georges Klotz.
  • Prisioneros de la tierra: cinematography, Pablo Tabernero ; editors, José de Nico, Gerardo Rinaldi ; music, Lucio Demare.
  • Chess of the wind: director of photography, Houshang Baharlou ; editor, Abbas Ganjavi ; music, Sheyda Gharachedaghi.
  • Muna moto: cinematography, Jean-Pierre Dezalay, Jean-Luc Leon, M. Tangy ; editors, Andrée Davanture, Dominique Saint-Cyr, Jules Takam.
  • Two girls on the street: cinematography, Károly Vass ; editor, Zoltán Kerényi ; music, Szabolcs Fényes.
  • Kalpana: cinematography, K. Ramnoth ; editor, N.K. Gopal ; music, Vishnudas Shirali.
System details
  • Blu-ray, region A; mono; requires Blu-ray player.
  • DVD, NTSC, region 1; mono.
  • Sambizanga: Domingos de Oliveira, Elisa Andrade, Jean M'Vondo, Adelino Nelumba, Benoît Moutsila, Tala Ngongo, Lopes Rodrigues, Henriette Meya, Manuel Videira.
  • Prisioneros de la tierra: Francisco Petrone, Ángel Magaña, Roberto Fugazot, Homero Cárpena, Raúl de Lange, Elisa Galvé.
  • Chess of the wind: Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Fakhri Khorvash, Shohreh Aghdashlou, Akbar Zanjanpour, Shahram Golchin, Hamid Ta'ati, Aghajan Rafii, Anik Shefrazian.
  • Muna moto: David Endene, Arlette Din Bell, Jeanne Mvondo, Abia Moukoko, Jacky Kingue, Gisèle Dikongué-Pipa, Esther Mwembe, Catherine Biboum, Justine Sengue, Samuel Baongla.
  • Two girls on the street: Bella Bordy, Mária Tasnádi Fekete, Piri Vaszary, Gyula Csortos, Károly Kovács, György Dénes, László Fökdényi, Piri Ádám, Vali Rátz.
  • Kalpana: Uday Shankar, Amala Uday Shankar, Lakshmi Kanta, Dr. Glv. Subbarao, Birendra Banerjee, Swaraj Mitter Gupta, Anil Kumar Chopra, Brijo Behari Banerjee, Chiranjilal Shah, Devilal Samar, K. Mukerjee, Dulal Sen, G.V. Karandikar, Ganesh Banerjee, Farman Ali, Begam Zamarudh.
Language note
  • Sambizanga: In Portuguese, Kimbundu, Lingala, Teke, and Lari with English subtitles.
  • Prisioneros de la tierra: In Spanish and Guaraní with English subtitles.
  • Chess of the wind: In Farsi with English subtitles.
  • Muna moto: In French, Duala, and Basaa with English subtitles.
  • Two girls on the street: In Hungarian with English subtitles.
  • Kalpana: In Hindi with English subtitles.
  • Sambizanga (Angola, France, 1972; 97 min.) / a film by Sarah Maldoror
  • Prisioneros de la tierra (Argentina, 1939; 86 min.) / a film by Mario Soffici
  • Chess of the wind (Iran, 1976; 98 min.) / a film by Mohammad Reza Aslani
  • Muna moto (Cameroon, 1975; 89 min.) / a film by Dikongué-Pipa
  • Two girls on the street (Hungary, 1939; 79 min.) / a film by André de Toth
  • Kalpana (India, 1948; 152 min.) / a film by Uday Shankar.
Other title(s)
World Cinema Project. No. 4
  • 9781681439723 ((set))
  • 1681439727 ((set))
Publisher no.
  • CC3396BDDVD
  • CC3396BDDVD-1
  • CC3396BDDVD-2
  • CC3396BDDVD-3
  • CC3396BDDVD-4
  • CC3396BDDVD-5
  • CC3396BDDVD-6
  • CC3396BDDVD-7
  • CC3396BDDVD-8
  • CC3396BDDVD-9
Universal Product Code
  • 715515276610
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