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.”

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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.”

LUSA: “Filme de realizadora portuguesa sobre dança moçambicana maconde destaca-se na África do Sul”

SCREENAFRICA: “In the film, Gouveia delves into Nyusi’s life behind the masks, revealing his beliefs, fears and aspirations as a father and a custodian of the Mapiko tradition.”

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VARIETY: Rushlake Takes World Rights for Two Acclaimed African Docs (EXCLUSIVE)

DURBAN–Cologne-based Rushlake Media has acquired world sales rights for “The Sound of Masks,” by Portuguese filmmaker Sara Gouveia, and “In Search,” by Kenyan director Beryl Magoko. The announcement was made Thursday at the Durban Intl. Film Festival, where both documentaries are screening.

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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.”

“The Sound of Masks explores dance, memory and the meaning of life, ancestry, culture and political struggle in postcolonial Mozambique.” Paolo Israel

POV MAGAZINE “The Sound of Masks is a wicked cool arts doc about the power of dance (…) The film, one of the better works to screen at the festival with the support of the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Development Funding for African documentary, is an invigorating portrait of cultural survival.”

IN THE SEATS “Atanásio makes for a wonderful subject and through this art form he does allow us as a viewer to not only get a sense of history but also those emotional perspectives of particular moments that are passed down.  They may change and evolve but it always feels like it’s an incredibly important function of the dance to not only comprehend the story it tells but to really connect with it as well.  That’s really what is at the core power of any art form, for it to transcend the place it comes from but time itself.”


The Sound of Masks, a film by Sara CF De Gouveia, is a moving ode to the cultures of Mozambique told primarily through dance and music.

CAPE TIMES 11th April 2019

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“El film se convierte en el ritual dancístico mismo gracias a sus impresionantes secuencias de baile documental y de puesta en escena, donde máscaras entre terroríficas y bellas cobran vida propia.”


“O filme de Sara Gouveia“The Sound of Masks”, vai ter a sua estreia esta semana no International Documentary Film Festival em Amesterdão, na Holanda.”

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“Dans brengt mensen samen” (Dance brings people together).

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“The Sound of Masks” in the Luminous category