When Mozambique’s 16 year long civil war ended in October 1992 hundreds of thousands of soldiers gave up their arms and were asked to end their life of fighting and begin a new life. This film gives some of those men the opportunity to tell their story – sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, often both, they tell of how they became a soldier, how they lived as a soldier, and how they adapted to civilian life once the war ended. With a musical score by Mozambique’s lyrical singer and composer Roberto Chitsondzo, this film is a tender and human portrait of war from a soldiers perspective.
Living Battles (52m 1998) - Broadcast on RTP, RTPI and TVM
“A cry is heard, the war is killing, what have we done?” The soldiers tell of their life of war.
“Hail stones fell in Mozambique full of blood” Soldiers tell of early days of peace, demobilization and beginning a new life.
"I'd rather share my bread 50 ways with my family and hide with them in the bush, but lift up an AKM again, no way!"
The new battle for survival - living civilian life. My footsteps tell the story "I'm poor, I'm poor, I'm poor" (Buffalo)