‘O Grande Bazaar’ is screening this Friday at the Hope Initiative Southern Africa (HISA) Community Centre in Okuruyungava at 14h30 in the afternoon and entrance is free.
On Saturday at 10h00 in the morning it will be screened at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) cinema. Entrance costs N$5 for children and N$15 for adults.
The screening is part of the ‘Inspiring Young Imaginations – African Films for Children and Youth’ programme.
The movie, directed Licinio Azevedo, is a delightful drama set in Maputo about two boys who become friends and together invent a new life full of fun. To support his family, 12-year-old Paito sells fritters outside his house in the suburbs of the big city.
One day a band of young robbers takes his money. He decides he is not going to go home until he recovers what he lost. With this in mind, he heads out for the city. Looking for work, he begins to live in a major market square that at night becomes a dormitory for homeless vendors.
There he meets Xano, a boy his age, whose insolent behaviour and fearlessness attracts him. They become friends and reinvent the world. In the days to come, using great creativity and displaying a natural head for business, Paito starts to make his money back. But those who robbed him in the first place are also at the market…
Licínio Azevedo is an independent filmmaker and co-founder of the Mozambican film production company, called Ebano Multimedia. In 1977 he joined the National Institute of Cinema (INC) in Mozambique and soon after embarked on a prolific career as a documentary filmmaker.
He has directed and produced many award-winning documentaries, which have been screened at numerous international festivals. Tchuma Tchato (1997) won a Panda Award at the Wildscreen Festival in the UK in 1998 and was chosen as a finalist at the Third International Environmental Film Festival in Pretoria in 1997. Azevedo has produced and directed several feature films. He is also a writer and his collection of stories on the Mozambican War of Independence formed the basis of Mozambique’s first full-length feature film.
Director: Licinio Azevedo, Duration: 58 minutes; Year of production 2005; Language: Portuguese with English subtitles; from Mozambique.