The still-active Guerra was born in Portuguese East Africa and has spent much of his life in Brazil. During exile he returned to his recently decolonized birth nation and shot what is often considered to be Mozambique’s first feature-length film. It records an annual commemoration of the 1960 slaughter of protesters by Portuguese soldiers in the town of Mueda, with residents reenacting all of the massacre’s roles. This crucial event preceded the country’s War of Independence and is presented on film not just for documentation, but with a sense of history living to embolden the future.
Ruy Guerra was born in Mozambique, graduated in cinema in France and has lived in Brazil for over 50 years. He has directed 14 feature films, won over 60 awards, and had his films screened in over 200 festivals around the world, including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian, Toronto, Rotterdam, among countless others. He is the director of Brazilian cinema classics such as ‘The Guns’ (1964), ‘The Unscrupulous Ones’ (1962), ‘Turbulence’ (2000) and ‘Ópera do Malandro’ (1986).