Kuxa Kanema + Matamata and Pilipili
KUXA KANEMA: THE BIRTH OF CINEMA
Director: Margarida Cardoso
2003 / 52 mins / DCP
MATAMATA AND PILIPILI
Director: Tristan Bourland
1996 / 58 mins / DCP
When Mozambique won its hard-fought independence in 1975, the new socialist government’s first official cultural act was the creation of the National Institute of Cinema (INC), intended to abet the creation of images of a new, liberated, empowered people. Decades later, filmmaker Cardoso found and sifted through the resulting celluloid footage, which he uses in Kuxa Kanema to tell the story of the foundation and foundering of the People’s Republic of Mozambique. Screens with Matamata and Pilipili, an excavation of the original negatives of a series of comic shorts made under colonial rule by Belgian missionary Albert Van Haelst, now reclaimed as crucial Congolese cultural history.
Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.