Durban Film Mart 2014 - IDFA award for Most Promising Documentary
Mapiko is a traditional masked dance from northern Mozambique that was used as a powerful tool to challenge colonisation and celebrate the victories of the liberation movement. In this visually striking film from Cape Town-based director Sara de Gouveia, compelling storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer Atanásio Nyusi takes us on a highly personal journey through the country’s past and present – his dancing skills having given him the opportunity to become a professional dancer and avoid fighting in the civil war that followed independence. Made in the form of a conversation with his son Natepo, this intimately observed documentary explores complex themes of identity in modern post-colonial Mozambique, which remains in a state of constant change as the country struggles to exorcise the multiple ghosts of its past.
- Tue 11 June / 8.30pm
- Thu 13 June / 6.30pm + Q&A
- Fri 14 June / 7pm