Festival Fim do Caminho 2015: Assisting the reel

In the shadows of some of the oldest surviving European buildings in the Southern Hemisphere is Fim do Caminho, where the road ends and a new journey begins.  The second edition of the Sub-Saharan festival on the Indian Ocean presents films, a literary forum, art exhibitions and live music in northern Mozambique from August 28-31, 2015. The four day festival bridges the coast and the city showcasing a cross-section of striking locations: the lush ruins of the district of Mossuril, the World Heritage-listed Mozambique Island and the bustling hub of Nampula.

Under the slogan ‘assisting the reel’, the festival aims to develop film culture and create opportunities in media for local youth while boosting domestic tourism, say the festival organisers. “The festival is set essentially to support communities with limited access to art and film culture,” says José Capote, a spokesperson for the Embassy of Norway, the main sponsor of Fim do Caminho.

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More than 60 films

More than 60 films will screen at 6 venues in the three districts to an expected audience of more than 2500 people in four days during Fim do Caminho 2015. Interfilm, one of Europe’s largest short film festivals- based in Berlin –  contributes the key section of this year’s programme, with the aim to ‘entertain’ and ‘inspire’.

“Recent productions from all over the world, including a special focus on African shorts will be presented in programmes for children, youth and adults,” says Interfilm’s Sarah Dombrink of the tailor-made selection for Fim do Caminho. Additional Fim do Caminho 2015 sections include a programme of Mozambican films, presented by the national film institute INAC and the European Film Cycle, supported by 14 EU embassies in Mozambique.

Rita Hayworth in Ilha

Besides film screenings, Fim do Caminho is proud to present the Kuphaluxa Forum: Discussions with Young Mozambican Writers. The Portuguese poet Camoes lived for a while in Mossuril District in the 16th century; Rita Hayworth came four centuries later and one of this year’s exhibitions features photos of the American star’s 1949 honeymoon on Mozambique Island with Prince Aga Khan. Now four young Mozambican writers will share a stage with Joao Ribeiro,  director of Last flight of the flamingo and this year’s guest of honour,’ exploring the synergies between literature and film.

First writers forum

Lino Mukurruza, a writer participating in this year’s forum, says he hopes the festival can become a “school” for the community. “For me this festival is about giving a voice to those that don’t have one,” says Mukurruza. Paolino Naissone, an 18-year old secondary school student from Mossuril and a Fim do Caminho technician in his free time, says he is looking forward to the films, but also the process. “The festival will give young people the chance to think in a dignified way,” he said.

Festival Fim do Caminho is a project by Teran Foundation, Africa Leisure Development LDA and INAC, the Mozambican national film institute. It is sponsored by The Embassy of Norway in Mozambique and also by Vodacom, The European Film Cycle, The Miles Morland Foundation, the British Council and German Films.