Drama - Completed 2012

1975, Mozambique’s rebirth. The young revolution sweeps the streets of Maputo from prostitutes and bad habits. Sent to re-education camps deep in the countryside, they will become “new women”. Young Margarida was mistakenly taken. This is their story. Women bounded by adversity.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2012
Contemporary World Cinema
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • PORTUGUESE, Other
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Licínio DE AZEVEDO
    • Writer(s)
    • Jacques AKCHOTI, Licínio AZEVEDO
    • Producer(s)
    • Pedro PIMENTA (ebano multimédia), Pandora DA CUNHA TELLES (ukbar filmes)
    • Synopsis
    • Mozambique, 1975. After five hundred years of Portuguese colonization, Mozambicans raise their flag for the first time. A new country is idealized from the ashes of old habits. Those who fought for independence are empowered and apply their revolutionary ideals. Prostitutes are swept off the streets of Maputo to re-education camps deep in the countryside to become “new women”. Thousands of women are arrested, prostitutes or presumed prostitutes, leaving their lives and sometimes their children behind. Amongst them, Margarida, a sixteen year-old peasant girl, is arrested and sent to one of these camps by mistake. The journey is long, the re-education process longer. Hard rural work and rigid military discipline are imposed by female soldiers. During the harshness of their re-education, the group faces death, hunger and shame. Through such adversities these women are bounded together as they discover their own humanity. Margarida becomes the core of the sisterhood’s struggle as doubts of her virginity start to arise, with guards and prisoners realizing they are a ll part of a system they don’t understand. After sacrificing their individual selves and becoming united they learn how the individual has to pay a price for the collective dream.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Apr 01, 2010