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Inadelso Cossa, A Memory in Three Acts, 2016. Film still.
Inadelso Cossa, A Memory in Three Acts, 2016. Film still.

May 6, 2019, 4:00 pm

Bartos Theatre

There will be a screening of Inadelso Cossa‘s films A Memory in Three Acts (64 minutes) and The Dead Tell No Tales (10 minutes) in Bartos Theatre, beginning at 4pm, prior to his 6pm lecture, Personal Perspectives on Mozambican History Through Film.

Inadelso is a Mozambican film director, cinematographer, producer, and the founder of 16mmFILMES, an independent film and television company based in Mozambique. His work explores different phases of Africa’s, particularly Mozambique’s, history from a personal perspective. Investigating the Colonial, Post Colonial, Independence, and Post Civil War periods, Cossa finds it his duty to document what he refers to as ‘acts of memory.’

Inadelso’s first feature length documentary, A Memory in Three Acts, delves into Mozambique’s struggle for independence from Portugal and the lasting memories of those affected by the war. It was selected for the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam’s (IDFA, 2016) First Appearance Competition. Since then, it has been shown at festivals such as Goteborg (2017), IndieLisboa (2017), Durban International Film Festival (2017), Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (2017), Zanzibar International Film Festival (2018), among others. The film also won the Special Jury Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (2018).

Inadelso is currently working on his first fiction project, Karingana – The Dead Tell No Tales, and a documentary called The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder, which has been selected by the IDFA Bertha Fund and awarded with a development grant from the Atlas Workshops, a program in the Marrakech International Film Festival (2018). The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder deals with a filmmaker’s fragmented memories of his childhood in Mozambique during the Civil War.

This film screening is part of Inadelso’ lecture as part of the ACT Spring 2019 lecture series.

This film screening and lecture is a collaboration with Graham M. Jones and the MIT Anthropology Program, with support from the MIT History Program, and MISTI-Africa.