The documentary "O Feitiço de Areia" by CICANT researcher and director Vanessa Ribeiro-Rodrigues is already in the pre-production phase at the production company Real Ficção. The film has funding from ICA - Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual and will be shot in July 2023 in Mozambique (Maputo, Nampula, Mocimboa da Praia and Diaca).
It is an intimate film-travel, in the form of a short story, which progresses through a road trip, crossing the past-memory of a Portuguese soldier deployed in Cabo Delgado (1970-72), bewitched by an explosion, and the present-travel of the director in Mozambican lands, in search of undoing this spell, through listening to Mozambican counter-narratives, as trapped memories of the colonial time.
In November 2022, this filmic proposal had already been selected for the international co-production meetings of the Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival.
The teaser is available here.