MABATA BATA is a trip to the African modern rural world in Mozambique, where the magical universe is still very present on people's life who have few options to face poverty. Their great ...
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Tizangara, Mozambique. After the peace agreement. A mystery. UN soldiers exploding. An investigation is begun and Massimo is appointed to solve the mystery. Joaquim will have to translate, ... See full summary »
In the midst of Mozambique's devastating civil war, Muidinga, an orphaned refugee, wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His only companion is an elderly storyteller, and the ... See full summary »
Nick Lauro Teresa,
Ernesto Lemos Macuacua
On 16 June 1960 in Mueda, Mozambique, the Portuguese army executed six hundred inhabitants on the orders of the Portuguese governor. Since the country's independence, Mueda's residents ... See full summary »
In a racially-charged and violent 1950's rural South Africa, a liberal journalist recounts the epic chase, edge-of-your-seat capture and intriguing trial of a flamboyant, native "Robin Hood... See full summary »
MABATA BATA is a trip to the African modern rural world in Mozambique, where the magical universe is still very present on people's life who have few options to face poverty. Their great dream, still now, is to reach the 'other side', where they believe they can find potential solutions for their lives. But what is the point of making plans if the war can keep you from accomplishing them? The film is an adaptation of THE DAY MABATA BATA EXPLODED, a short story by international awarded writer MIA COUTO, published in VOICES MADE NIGHT, the author's first short stories book. The original story talks about a shepherd boy who wants to go to school, but he is not allowed to do it because he has to take care of the herd for the lobolo (traditional dowry) of his uncle, who works in the mines of South Africa. Above all, he has to take care of MABATA BATA, the herd's biggest ox. In the adaptation, the film gains a magical dimension, with the introduction of a ceremony, with an invocation of the...