Cinema e Descolonização: Moçambique em foco | 6 de maio

“Cinema and Decolonisation: Mozambique in focus” cycle | May 6th | Ngwenya, the crocodile (“Ngwenya, o crocodilo”) | Discussion panel with Camilo de Sousa, Ana Mafalda Leite and João Pina-Cabral


The Centre for African and Development Studies (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa), within the scope of the “Cinema and Decolonisation: Mozambique in focus” cycle, is pleased to announce the screening of Ngwenya, the crocodile (“Ngwenya, o crocodilo” in Portuguese) (Isabel Noronha, 2007, Documentary, 90 min, Portuguese). The session is free admission and will take place on May 6th, 10 am, at ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management (Auditorium 2, Rua do Quelhas n. 6, 1200-781, Lisbon, Portugal).

The debate will follow with CEsA researcher Ana Mafalda Leite, filmmaker, photojournalist and film producer Camilo de Sousa and anthropologist and ICS researcher, João Pina-Cabral.

The film will be played in Portuguese. We recommend a pre-registration, but the capacity of the auditorium will be filled in order of arrival.



Synopsis for “Ngwenya, the crocodile”

One day, Xiluwa – Isabel – met Cecília, Malangatana Valente’s daughter, at school. Going to her friend’s house, she saw the painter’s drawings and paintings and thought he could translate into words the sensorial universe to which she knew she belonged but could not name. She then kept the promise that Malangatana would one day take her to that magical place. Thirty years later, she went on, together with him, in search of the keys to understanding Mozambican traditions, in particular the mythical ronga universe, of which Malangatana and his ancestors were part. Accompanying him, he travelled between sensitive memories and ancient recollections, night fears and mysterious stories, erotic memories and the heat of the campfire. At each stage of the journey, she captured the dreamlike contours and infinite colours of Malangatana’s sacred world.


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Ciclo de Cinema e descolonização


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About the “Ciclo de Cinema e Descolonização: Moçambique em foco”
The project urges to understand decolonization as a process still in progress, which must be accepted and integrated into the social, political, cultural and personal dynamics. The project aims to create an open and dynamic space for sharing, where memories, narratives, dialogues and reflections can emerge. It is coordinated by Jessica Falconi (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa) and curated by the Mozambican filmmakers Isabel Noronha and Camilo de Sousa.

The film club will take place from January to July 2023, with screenings once a month, always on Saturdays, where it is intended to debate and reflect on the legacies and memories of decolonization in Mozambique. Each session will have the spoken remarks of producers, directors, etc., as well as moderators and debaters who will facilitate the debate within the audience.

Coordination: Jessica Falconi (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa)
Curators: Isabel Noronha and Camilo de Sousa
Scientific consultancy: Joana Pereira Leite (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa) and Ana Mafalda Leite (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa)
Support: CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa


Read more:

Check the full program for 2023 of the film club “Cinema e Descolonização: Moçambique em foco”

The “Cinema and Decolonisation: Mozambique in focus” cycle combines cinema, memories and narratives about decolonisation and its milestones in monthly film clubs at ISEG


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