Mozambique Film List

Title: KUXA KANEMA : THE BIRTH OF CINEMA(2003)  
Format: VHS
Language: In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Run Time:  52 Min.
Description: Discusses the history of Mozambique's National Institute of Cinema's weekly newsreel entitled Kuxa kanema. Shows the relationship between the films and President Samora Machel and FRELIMO (Mozambique Liberation Front). The original filmmakers discuss their work as a testimonial to the country, its struggles and wars.
Genre: Documentary

Title: NIGHT STOP (2002)  
Format: VHS
Language: In Ndebele, Shona, Nhungwe and Portuguese with English subtitles.
Run Time:  49 Min.
Description: Tells of the lives of 8 prostitutes living in northern Mozambique. They reveal their individual stories of pregnancy, the search for a husband, unrequited love, violence and resignation. While the women are aware of the dangers of HIV, sex is just a commodity they negotiate.
Genre: Documentary

Title: DANCING ON THE EDGE (2001)  
Format: VHS
Language: In Portuguese and Chuabo with English subtitles.
Run Time:  42 Min.
Description: This narrative documentary is set in rural Mozambique, where gender roles and poverty influence the fight to contain the spread of AIDS. A young HIV positive mother, Antonietta, who works as an AIDS counsellor, takes her healthy daughter to a remote village for initiation into sexuality. Antonietta struggles with the contradictions of maintaining traditional values while adapting to the reality of the modern world devastated by AIDS.
Genre: Documentary

Title: CARLOS CARDOSO: AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and Portuguese with English subtitles.
Run Time:  33 Min.
Description: Carlos Cardoso was an outspoken and well-known investigative journalist in Mozambique until his murder on November 22, 2000. This documentary looks at his life and his work. Includes excerpts from interviews with Cardoso and commentary by friends and family.
Genre: Documentary

Title: A miner’s tale (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: In Portuguese, Chope, Shangaan and Setswana with English subtitles
Run Time: 39 min.
Description: Joaquim is a miner with a junior wife in South Africa and a senior wife and family in Mozambique. He is torn between his responsibilities for both. He is also torn between his understanding of his HIV infection when visiting his home village after years and what traditional society expects of him.
Genre: Documentary

Title: From the ashes : Moçambique (1999)
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: In Portuguese with English subtitles
Run Time: 26 min.
Description: Narratives of people from the village of Ilha Josina who fought on both sides of the past war and those who suffered at the hands of both as they try to reconcile their past, live in the present, and work toward their future.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Freedom now, 1947 (1998)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and various languages with English voiceovers and subtitles; closed captioned.
Run Time: 56 min.
Description: In 1947, 160 years of British rule came to an end as India became the world’s largest democracy, inspiring the fight for freedom on another continent. This film talks with the people who witnessed and participated in the struggle for independence in India and Africa. While Mohandas Gandhi showed the world how the masses could successfully defy their imperial masters, his example spurred others on: European empires in Africa and Asia began to crumble, and in short order, Ghana, Kenya, Algeria, Mozambique, and dozens more would win their freedom.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Fools (1997)
Format: VHS (NTSC)
Language: English and Zulu with English subtitles
Run Time: 90 min.
Description: Set in a South African township, this is the story of a middle-aged teacher who has fallen into a life of drunkenness and lechery. He commits an act which destroys his family and devastates his community and from which he must try to redeem himself.
Genre: Drama

Title: Africa dreaming (1997)
Format: VHS
Language: Dialogue in various languages; subtitles in English
Run Time: 109 min.
Description: In Sophia’s homecoming from Namibia, a woman who has worked as a domestic in Windhoek for 12 years comes home to her husband, children and sister and finds that their lives are irreparably altered. In Sabriya, the arrival of a modern, free-spirited woman disrupts the mosaic of male Maghrebi society as represented by two Tunisian chess players. So be it, based on the play The strong breed, by Wolé Soyinka, follows the destruction of a well intentioned doctor in a remote Senegalese village. The gaze of the stars shows the destructiveness of machismo in a Mozambiquan community.
Genre: Drama

Title:Africa: Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho (1992)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 29
Description: Health efforts, peace negotiations, and minority and political issues are featured in this program. UN efforts in Tanzania to eradicate schistosomiasis - a tropical disease affecting 200 million people - are detailed. Families displaced by the 16-year Mozambique civil war are beginning to reunite, because of recent UN peace accords. Positive political changes in South Africa hold no promise of a better life for the men of neighboring Lesotho, who are the main labor source for South African gold mines.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Samora Machel (1989)
Format: VHS
Language: Narration in English; voice-over translations from Portuguese
Run Time: 29 min.
Description: Life of Samora Machel, Mozambican revolutionary, commander of FRELIMO, the Mozambique Liberation Front, and first president of Mozambique after independence, told through interviews with Machel himself and others.
Genre: Documentary

Title: The Africans. Program 6, In search of stability (1986)
Format: VHS
Language: Closed captioned.
Run Time: 60 min.
Description: In a continent where 70 coups have taken place in the last 25 years, the question of governing effectively is critical. This segment compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique, and the styles of the presidents of Tanzania and Zaire.
Genre: Documentary

Title: These hands (1994)
Format: VHS
Language: Swahili and Kimakonde worksongs; English subtitles
Run Time: 46 min.
Description: Surveys a typical workday in the lives of women inTanzania, some refugees from Mozambique, who manually mine gravel used for making concrete for urban building projects.
Genre: Documentary