• Desobeissance
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2002
Format : Feature
Running time : 92 (in minutes)

Rosa, a Mozambican peasant, is accused by the family of her husband of having caused his suicide by refusing to obey him. She is suspected of having a "spirit-husband". In order to prove her innocence, Rosa submits herself to two trials: one by a traditional healer, the other in court. She is absolved twice. Nevertheless, the dead man relatives continue to persecute her and she is punished in a cruel way.

The film is interpreted by the real players of this story, the dead man by his twin brother. During the shooting, the director decided to install a second camera to follow the never ending plot of revenge. Such a complex editing has no parallel in African cinema.

Director: Licínio Azevedo
Cast: Rosa Castigo, Tomás Sodzai
Production Company: Ébano Multimedia
Language: Portuguese and Ximanica


Africa in the Picture (The Netherlands);

DocLisboa (Portugal);

Kino Afrika - CAK Oslo (Norway);

Festival International du Film d'Amiens (France)


Silver FIPA, Biarritz - France;
Kuxa Kanema Award, FUNDAC, best Mozambican film;
Special Mention of the Jury for the interpretation of Rosa Castigo - International Film Festival of Zanzibar

Distributor: MARFILMES


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