In 1953, Kilian and his brother leave their mountain town in the north of Spain for Fernando Po. Their father is already there, cultivating some of the best cocoa beans in the world. They soon realize social life in the colony is more pleasant and less strict than in Spain. They see the differences between the colonists and the natives and learn the meaning of friendship, passion, love, and hate.

Palmeras en la nieve

Since 1926, the island of Fernando Po (present-day Bioko) has been part of Equatorial Guinea, although it was a Spanish territory since 1778, until the African country gained its independence in 1968. It's a complex chapter in Spanish history. Those were years of escalating tensions and violence, but news rarely made it to mainland Spain. The film is set in two different time periods. First, the period when Equatorial Guinea’s status changed from colony to overseas province, and eventually to independent nation. Second, present-day Bioko, a land that has been suffering from years of instability, dictatorships, disappearances, torture, and lack of freedom. Some flashing lights sequences or patterns may affect photosensitive viewers.

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