By Iminza Keboge
Published December 3, 2017
Organisers of the Festival Fim do Caminho report that “more than 3000 people attended literary events, film screenings, masterclass film workshops, a children’s Zone, upcycling and off-grid electricity capacity-building events as part of the 4th edition of Festival Fim do Caminho in northern Mozambique between November 17 and 27, 2017.”
The festival, that kicked off in Nampula with a masterclass film workshop for local filmmakers, led by up-and-coming Mozambican cineaste Orlando Mabasso, continued with Mozambican writers Paulina Chiziane, Lucilio Manjate and Eduardo Quive doing talks and readings in the provincial library, followed by a workshop with students at the Lotus EPC primary school where some film screenings for children were also held.
The festival then took film and literature to Lichinga, the northernmost Mozambican city, for two days on November 19 and 20, says festival founder Alexander Macbeth.
“The festival then returned to its founding base, the coastal district of Mossuril, for film screenings, training events and a first-ever Kids Zone for young children,” he says. “Mossuril-based innovator ‘Mr Domingo’, who makes upcycled speakers complete with USB ports, SD cards and much more – out of recycled water containers and radio parts – gave a workshop for secondary school students and children in Mossuril. Sergio, a physics professor from Argentina, gave a course on creating basic lighting from recycled waste using a solar panel and a small battery.”
The festival closed with music on Mozambique Island and the screening of Mozambique’s hottest new film, Licinio Azevedo’s ‘war western’, Comboio de Sal e Açúcar (Train of Salt and Sugar).