'Every single day is hot in Mozambique'

I want to see more of this film: The slam poet, Capela, is shown in a clip from the new short, “Slam Video Maputo” by Austrian director, Ella Raidel. The film explores “… the making of self-image of Mozambique where its popular culture mirrors the intersection of global and local cultures.”

Sean Jacobs

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Sean Jacobs

Also goes by Hasan Wazan. Life President.

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  1. I have seen the movie at the festival in Linz.
    The point of view is not "light-hearted and funny" but rather patronizing, ridiculizing the Mozambican music industry. The director seems to prefer to focus on the exposure of the (Mozambican) artist's work, fragilizing it, showing the flaws and imperfections during the music film shootings. Among the images of low budget props and food stains in the set, there is no space left for any kind of homage on the Mozambican culture and film industry.
    The (strange) choice of not translating the lyrics of the songs raises a barrier for those who could be interested in understanding or enjoying the Mozambican culture. What is the use of the hip-hop song if you can not access the lyrics? The director leaves us with the ridiculous images of the impersonated gangsta or the diva yearning for love, the euphoric rolling bodies disconnected from any kind of meaning reach the audience as comic and ridiculous.

    This film left me distressed by its clear arrogance, depicting the popular culture of Mozambique (as well as its people) as inferior, from a patronizing point of view that I could not avoid to relate to the colonial one.

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