In late 2013, Teran Foundation obtained a long-term lease on an abandoned building in Mossuril with the intention of establishing an office for a future film festival. Throughout early 2014 the building was restored. The opening for the first Fim do Caminho on August 7, 2014 was held in the renovated building. Follow the story of CASA LIFE (Local Initiatives of Film Enterprise) in pictures below:
Mozambique cinema, strong history
Mozambique had one of the first and most successful cinema industries in post-colonial Africa in the 1970’s and 1980’s. More than 500 16mm and 35mm films were produced by hundreds of trained technicians. But after the fall of the Berlin wall, and a fire at the Mozambican national film archives building (INC) two years later, the cinema industry was largely forgotten as large- scale political changes enveloped the Southern African country. But the filmmakers remained and 20 years later, together with a new generations of cineastes, they are slowly rebuilding an industry. Informal video clubs, screening pirate copies of mainly foreign films dubbed into Portuguese or local languages, can be found in villages across the country. Yet generous estimates suggest the number of functioning cinemas today doesnt reach double figures nationwide. In the last ten years, five film festivals have been established in Maputo, the capital. But outside Maputo, such as in northern Nampula Province, the country’s most populated region, not a single permanent film festival exists.
For more on the history of Mozambican cinema, see Margarida Cardoso’s Kuxa Kanema: The birth of cinema.