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Atanásio Nyusi, a compelling storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer, takes us on a visually dramatic journey through Mozambique's past and present.

VARIETY: “Gouveia spoke to Variety about the Mapiko dance as an act of political defiance, uncoupling African art from the Western gaze, and the struggle to preserve culture from one generation to the next.”

AFRICA IS A COUNTRY:The Sound of Masks is a visual meditation on the nature of memory in postcolonial societies ravaged by conflict, and a nonlinear biopic of a remarkable, if little-known, artist.”

SUPAMODU: “Telling the history of a country through dance might seem like a lofty idea, but this feat is accomplished marvelously in Sara CF de Gouveia’s “Sound of Masks,” where the post-colonial malaise of Mozambique is narrated and enacted by visionary dancer Atanásio Nyusi.”

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World Premiere: IDFA 2018 | African Premiere: Marrakesh International Film Festival 2018 | North American Premiere: Hot Docs 2019 | South African Premiere: Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2019 & Durban International Film Festival 2019

Directed and filmed by: Sara CF de Gouveia

Featuring: Atanásio Cosme Nyusi

Produced by: Sara CF de Gouveia, Pandora da Cunha Telles, Pablo Iraola, Julia Ramsay

Edited by: Khalid Shamis (S.A.G.E.)

Original Music by: Tiago Correia-Paulo

Produced by Lionfish Productions & Ukbar Filmes

Funded by the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Hot Docs Blue-Ice Development Fund, the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa and RTP


the teaser

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