A half century of political and social upheaval informs this 2004 Angolan drama about an orphan boy (Roldan Pinto Joao) rescued from the war-torn provinces and airlifted to the teeming capital of Luanda. Fearful and homesick, he flees the protection of his nun guardian and falls in with an older boy from the slums, who brings him into a makeshift family of unsavory adults. The slum kid, an aspiring actor, has been cast in a play about nationalist struggles, and director Maria Joao Ganga contrasts its inspirational scenes with the orphan’s increasingly perilous life on the streets. Her experience in documentary filmmaking and children’s theater is evident in the naturalism of the young actors, though the movie could use tighter dramatic construction. In Portuguese with subtitles. 88 min.