Mabata Bata – Mozambique

Feature Film

  • Date: Saturday – 16th March 2019
  • Time: 18:14
  • Venue: Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall
  • Runtime: 74min
  • Director: Sol Carvalho

Azarias is a young orphan shepherd, keeper of a herd of oxen, where Mabata Bata stands out. The oxen will be the basis of the "lobolo" payment, a traditional dowry that his uncle Raul must pay for his own marriage.

Azarias’ dream is to be a normal child, to go to school, gold that is supported by his grandmother. One day, when Azariah is in the pasture, Mabata Bata steps into a mine – the result of the civil war in the country – and explodes.

The young man fears his uncle's reprisals and flees to the forest, taking with him the remaining oxen. The grandmother and uncle leave in their quest to rescue him and persuade him to return. The film is an adaptation of a short story by international awarded writer Mia Couto.

Mabata Bata


The Amakula International Film Festival is presented by
Bayimba Cultural Foundation in partnership with The DOEN Foundation, Africalia, Kampala Film School and the Uganda Museum.