MABATA BATA

Sun 10 NOV 18.30


MABATA BATA
SOL DE CARVALHO
MOZAMBIQUE, PORTUGAL 2017 I DIGITAL FILE I OME I 74 MIN


Based on the short story EM QUE EXPLODIU MABATA BATA by Mia Couto, MABATA BATA tells the story of the little shepherd boy Azarias, who would rather go to school with his buddy José than to look after the cows of his uncle Raúl. Above all, he should take care of the ox Mabata-Bata, as this is intended as a traditional dowry for the wedding of his uncle. But the fields around the herd are full of land mines: When Mabata-Bata dies in an explosion, Azarias also disappears and dies. A few years after his death, the residents gather for a ceremony to find out if his wandering spirit in the village will bless the uncle’s upcoming wedding. But instead the question arises as to why the boy had to die at all …


SOL DE CARVALHO, born in 1953 in Beira (Mozambique), studied film in Lisbon and worked as a journalist, editor and photographer. Already a political student during his studies in Portugal, he joined FRELIMO after his return to Mozambique and was appointed director of Serviço Nacional da Rádio Moçambique. He has made numerous documentary and television films (including A JANELA, O BÚZIO, AS TEIAS DA ARANHA) and since 2007 also feature films. Together with Pedro Pimenta and Licínio Azevedo he is a founding member of the production company Ébano.