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Sleepwalking Land (2007)

Terra Sonâmbula (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 14 January 2009 (USA)
In the midst of Mozambique's devastating civil war, Muidinga, an orphaned refugee, wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His only companion is an elderly storyteller, and the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Lauro Teresa Nick Lauro Teresa ... Muidinga
Aladino Jasse Aladino Jasse ... Tuahir
Ernesto Lemos Macuacua Ernesto Lemos Macuacua ... Siqueleto
Filimone Meigos Filimone Meigos ... Joseldo Bastante
Tânia Adelino Tânia Adelino ... Filomeninha
Erónia Malate Erónia Malate ... Mulher na Estação
Alan Cristina Salazar Alan Cristina Salazar ... Bebé na Estação
Gildo Arão Balate Gildo Arão Balate ... Líder do Bando
Jorge Kanic Passe Jorge Kanic Passe ... Bando I
Afonso Francisco Afonso Francisco ... Bando I (as Afonso Mauricio Francisco)
Alfredo Júnior Alfredo Júnior ... Bando I (as Alfredo Acilia Junior)
Candido Andrade Candido Andrade ... Bando I (as Candido Tanto Faz Andrade)
Cergílio Félix Cergílio Félix ... Bando I (as Cergilio Felix)
Frank Lipunda Frank Lipunda ... Bando I
Severino Rafael Severino Rafael ... Bando I


In the midst of Mozambique's devastating civil war, Muidinga, an orphaned refugee, wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His only companion is an elderly storyteller, and the only guide to finding his mother is a dead man's diary. This transporting drama underscores the power of imagination in surviving, and ultimately overcoming, the catastrophe of war. Written by Anonymous

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Mozambique | Portugal


Aboriginal | Portuguese

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14 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Haunting, powerful and moving
7 December 2008 | by trpuk1968See all my reviews

Jugu Abraham s review sums this up well and there's not much I want to add. The director uses film language to make very effective use of landscape and mise en scene, such as the burnt out bus. The bus and the journey the two characters go on is like a metaphor for life, we keep repeating ourselves, or those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. Images from this keep coming back to my mind such as the toy boat which opens the film. Use of visual cues like this indicate a skilled film maker in that they elicit an emotional response. Moving you to tears while completely avoiding sentimentality. I saw this at The London African Film Festival and thought it incredibly powerful, really moving, emotionally quite draining. Whats great about African cinema is its seriousness, its willingness to engage with important issues. For enthusiasts of African visual media and those willing to make the conceptual leap necessary to appreciate new cultural forms, this is highly recommended. I will just add this seems to me a fusion of African and European sensibilities. The poetic realism has an obvious European influence but there's nonetheless something distinctly African there, and I m not just meaning the setting. There's a whole thing about journeys, returning and fatalism, things being set, things being a certain way. See it yourself, I think it will leave you like it left me, wondering.........or wandering?

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