Mangrove School

Sónia Vaz Borges, Filipa César

2022 | 00:35:16 | Portugal / Spain / France / Guinea-Bissau | Guinea-Bissau Creole | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: History, Nature, Post-colonialism, War, Youth/Childhood

We recently went to Guinea Bissau to research the guerrilla schools of the mangroves. Instead, we soon became ourselves the apprentices and the first lesson we had to learn was how to walk. If you walk straight, placing your heels on the ground first, you promptly slip and fall in the dams of the flooded mangrove rice field or you get stuck in the mangrove mud. You need to lower your body, flex your knees and stick your toes vertically into the mud, extend your arms forwards in a conscious and present movement. In the mangrove school the learning happens with the whole body.

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Prizes + Awards

The No. 1 African Film Award, 61st Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, 2023


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