The “zmijovka” hat is a common sight in Czechia in winter, particularly in the country. But it turns out it is also popular in parts of West Africa, where it is sometimes called a “Cabral hat” after anti-colonial leader Amílcar Cabral, who frequently wore one. The forthcoming documentary Beyond a Knit Cap focuses on this fascinating connection. And its director, former FAMU student Violette Deffontaines, says the inspiration came from the streets of Marseille.
“I was wearing my zmijovka and I met some Senegalese people. They stopped me and we started taking and they said it was a revolutionary cap for them. So it’s how I got the idea.”
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Author: Ian Willoughby