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Mapiko is a traditional masked dance performed exclusively by the male members of the Makonde community living in northern Mozambique. During the Mozambican War of Independence in the 1960s, this dance became a tool to challenge colonization. His Mapiko dancing skills gave Atanásio Nyusi the opportunity to become a professional dancer and avoid fighting in the civil war that followed independence. In relating his life story, the now legendary dancer also leads us through the history of Mozambique.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    70 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    South Africa, Portugal
  • Director
    Sara CF de Gouveia
  • Screenwriter
    Khalid Shamis, Sara CF de Gouveia
  • Cinematographer
    Sara CF de Gouveia
  • Editor
    Khalid Shamis
  • Music
    Tiago Correia-Paulo