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The 'CONGO' Books
The story, developed by brothers Duarte and Henrique Gandum, is originally written and printed in the Portuguese language. Digital versions* of the books exist in the English and Spanish languages.
*Only volume 1 (legacy edition) and volume 2.
About Volume I (Legacy Edition):
Developed over the course of two plus years, CONGO - A Forgotten World is the first volume of a saga revealing legends and myths reported by explorers from various countries based on true events, blurring the fine line between reality and fantasy.Synopsys:
"Congo, 1880. A Portuguese expedition to the most unexplored region in Central Africa rapidly takes a dark turn. Afonso Ferreira, famous explorer, and his men, stumble upon the impetuous death of one of the group's members. Now deep in the most inhospitable African jungle, the men fight for their lives, while primitive and voracious creatures await them in the shadows..."
About Volume II:
CONGO - Through the Path of Darkness is part 2 of the CONGO saga, continuing to follow the expedition led by Major Afonso Ferreira into new challenges and unexpected tragedies.Synopsys:
"After a terrifying journey start, the expedition led by Afonso Ferreira reaches its most critical point. The disappearance and death of some members culminates in an immense conflict, revealing the true ambition behind this fateful journey. Ferreira and the others now face the intricate task of surviving in Africa's darkest and most inhospitable region at the mercy of legendary and primitive creatures."
About the spin-off:
AMÉLIA - A Congo Story is a hardcover album consisting of 40 pages, made in collaboration with EGO Editora. This book illustrates the side of the nurse Amélia in the series' narrative.Synopsys:
"Congo, 1880. A Portuguese expedition is reported as missing. Amélia Valim is one of the nurses at the services of missionary Rogério Fonseca, and will have to survive in a forgotten world where the line between myth and reality blurs. As the chaos unfolds, Amelia is also forced to face ghosts from her past. Will the nurse be able to withstand all the tragedy that is unraveling?"
Henrique Gandum (b. 1996) is a comic book illustrator. In 2017, his first book “Congo: A Forgotten World” is published and in 2019, in collaboration with brother Duarte, the sequel “Congo: Through the Path of Darkness” arrives at Portuguese bookstores.
Duarte Gandum (b. 1998) is a visual effects artist, film director, screenwriter and musician. He has been working in advertising and film production for over 5 years and has received multiple awards in 2019 for music video “Wirehead” at Figueira Film Art festival.
short film adaptation
"In search of glory, Portuguese Major Afonso Ferreira sees himself consumed in the deepest darkness of the Congo".
Directed and produced by the authors, the short film “Through the Path of Darkness” adapts two scenes from Volume II.Starring Pedro Lima, Miguel Valle, Raul Muta and Pedro Wallenstein, the story runs from 1879 to 1880.Production of the short film began to be planned in early 2018 and soon turned out to be a complex task where many challenges were faced in order to bring the most realistic and faithful adaptation possible to screen.
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