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MUEDA, MEMORY AND MASSACRE [MUEDA, MEMÓRIA E MASSACRE]
Dir. Ruy Guerra
Mozambique. 1979. 80 mins. Portuguese with English subtitles.
Lost until 2009, when it was rediscovered in Maputo’s archives, Mueda, Memória e Massacre by Ruy Guerra is a central work of Cinema Novo. Generally considered to be the first fiction feature from independent Mozambique, it is a masterpiece of anti-colonial memory. The film shows a public re-enactment, staged by non-professionals, of the massacre in Mueda (a city in northern Mozambique) carried out by the Portuguese in 1960. This event triggered the armed resistance in Mozambique and was remembered regularly by means of popular re-enactments.