A surreal journey interweaving the politics of Mozambique's colonial past and its present through the lens of magical realism. The Sound of Masks uses the ancient masked Mapiko dance to tell the story of Mozambique's history of war.  Atanásio Nhussi, a compelling storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer, takes us on a visually dramatic journey, blurring the lines between the real and the imaginary. Using the body as archive, we experience the ugliness of war through the beauty of dance.

Directed by: SARA C.F. DE GOUVEIA 

Produced by Lionfish Productions


With research and assistance from Atanásio Nhussi and Paolo Israel
Funded by the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund and the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa.