By Hileni Nembwaya
MOZAMBICAN war drama ‘The train of salt and sugar’ premiered at the inaugural Oshana Film Festival held at the Epic Cinema in Ongwediva, last week Friday.
The film is 93 minutes long and was set in Mozambique in the midst of its civil war.
A single train connects Nampula to Malawi.
No civilians are allowed and yet hundreds risk their lives through 700km of sabotaged tracks. Salomão and Taiar are two soldiers who don’t get along.
Rosa is a young nurse on her way to her first job, who soon becomes an object of desire.
Mariamu, her close friend, only hopes to trade salt for sugar.
Amongst bullets and laughter, life goes on and stories unfold as the train advances under attack, ever so slowly, towards the next stop.
The film is directed by Licinio Azevedo and at its African premiere; it won Best Film at the Johannesburg Film Festival in November last year.
The organisers of the Oshana film festival said 2017 marked the first edition of something that they hope will become an annual event.
In his welcoming speech at the premeire, Governor of Oshana region Clemence Kashuupulwa said that events such as the Oshana Film Festival will provide an opportunity to the local audiences and for aspiring filmmakers to learn and connect with the rest of the African continent.
Gerson Kapenda, the chairperson of the Oshana regional council echoed the same sentiments saying that the Oshana Film Festival would bring together people from diverse backgrounds in a shared love of film, education and entertainment.
“In doing so, the festival helps to showcase the three cities of Ongwediva, Ondangwa and Oshakati, and how their inclusive approach is of paramount importance,” he said.
After successfully running a monthly African film series called ‘African Perspectives’ for more than 10 years in Windhoek, the AfricAvenir then last year extended regular screenings to the north, leading to the launch of the Oshana Film Festival last week.
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