The Casa do Conhecimento do Largo do Paço, in Braga, hosts on May 3, at 4pm, the presentation of the book Abrir os Gomos do Tempo: Conversas Sobre Cinema em Moçambique, by Ana Cristina Pereira and Rosa Cabecinhas, published by UMinho Editora and the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS).
The session is part of the cycle “Conversations at the House” and has free entrance, with registration at bit.ly/CC_8_RCdC. It is also possible to follow the event through the online platform Zoom, with prior registration at the same link.
The book has a preface by Nataniel Ngomane and consists of a set of conversations with key personalities in the history of Mozambican cinema: Américo Soares, Faria de Almeida, Gabriel Mondlane, Jean-Luc Godard, João Ribeiro, José Cardoso, Licínio Azevedo, Lopes Barbosa, Luís Carlos Patraquim, Pedro Pimenta, Ruy Guerra and Sol de Carvalho. The interviews were conducted by Ana Cristina Pereira, Diana Manhiça, Lurdes Macedo, Maria do Carmo Piçarra, Rosa Cabecinhas, Sheila Khan and Sílvia Vieira. The publication ends with a speech by José Luís Cabaço, given in 1980, when he was Mozambique’s Minister of Information, accompanied by an introduction corresponding to his current reading of that speech.
The volume includes a set of conversations aimed essentially at those who enjoy listening to stories. They are conversations with a strong cinematographic slant, not only because the motto that runs through them is cinema in Mozambique, but above all, because the way in which the memories that inhabit that space are revealed is also often formulated through images that have movement. The work is also for those people who are happy to hear again the phrase “Another world is possible!” and has the beauty and strength of the words of those who believe in new possibilities of life.
This book is dedicated to the memory of Joaquim Lopes Barbosa (1945-2021) and, at the same time, is a heartfelt tribute to all the filmmakers who had the courage to face up to State censorship. This modest gesture is intended to give courage to all those who still face it in its many and varied forms. Dictators die, regimes pass away and films remain.