An event showcasing documentary film and video art from Mozambican artists to raise money for Save the Children’s relief efforts in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai.
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On Thursday 14 March 2019, Cyclone Idai swept in to the city of Beira in Mozambique and left a trail of devastation as it moved inland across Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than two million people have been affected by the storm and the flooding it caused, with the International Red Cross saying at least 400,000 people have been displaced in Beira (BBC). Humanitarian agencies have already raised alerts over hygiene and safe drinking water needs a mere eight days after the disaster. Henrietta Fore, the chief of UN children’s agency UNICEF, told AFP news agency in Beira that stagnant water, decomposing bodies and lack of good hygiene and sanitation created a risk of outbreaks of malaria and cholera (Club of Mozambique). The situation is expected to worsen, as food and medicine supplies run out. It is estimated that 90% of energy and telecommunications infrastructure in the region were brought down by the storm, further isolating the communities and hampering relief efforts.
The screening in Oxford is supported by the African Studies Centre, School of Area Studies e o Sustainable Urban Development Programmes, Department for Continuing Education.
Curated by Michelle Cook (Mi Cha)
Maputo: Ethnography of a divided city
The city of Maputo was named so after the independence in 1976, inheriting the same name as the river Maputo, bordering the south of the country. It is the political and financial capital of Mozambique, where most of the job opportunities and businesses are concentrated, but also where disturbing social disparities between urban, suburban and outlying areas are present. While the “city of concrete” has a population of 7.870 inhabitants per km², the Chamanculo A neighborhood has, in the same area, a population of 31.895, that works mainly in the informal market. The subhuman conditions in which they live, especially in the suburbs and outlying areas, perpetuate a cycle of urban poverty that contributs to a Maputo divided by social spheres.
Bits of Maputo
Ricardo Pinto Jorge
Selection of videomontage art works from the Bits Of Maputo project. As part of the Audiovisual experience these videos are featured in the Bits Of Maputo Wood And Zinc Shack, designed and created by the Keeto Estúdio Criativo. These works represent “Ricardo’s Maputo”, showing reference points in the city as well as locations which hold onto themselves portions of moments, memories and occurrences in the lives of the many “Maputenses” The soundtracks for the videos were tailored by some of the finest contemporary musicians in Maputo: TRKZ, Nandele and Tushimitsu.
Pack Your Bags / Fazer a Mala
Single channel video by artist Maimuna Adam set to the song “It’s a small world”, using found music box audio. A short film about material culture, multiculturalism and the compactedness of hybrid identities.