Adapted from the novel Um Rio chamado Tempo, Uma casa chamada Terra ("A River Called Time, A House Called Land"), by Mia Couto, Um Rio is the story of the members of an extended family who return to bury the patriarch, each symbolizing a different phase in Mozambique's recent history: one son has never left the land; another spent years as an insurgent hero during the civil war; the third eagerly embraces capitalism. When the grave-digger's shovel hits the ground, it bounces back, the ground refuses to give. Only when the old man recounts his own story will the ground accept him.
Portugal/Mozambique, 2005, 107mins, drama, Portuguese with English subtitles, José Carlos de Oliveira, dir.
2007 | NYADFF | NEW YORK, Usa