From The Ashes
Part of the highly acclaimed documentary series “Landscape of Memory”, this film gives us a window onto the traditional approach to reconciliation in Mozambique following the sixteen year civil war which ended in 1992. It is set in a small village of Ilha Josina in the south of Mozambique and follows people who fought on both sides of the war and suffered at the hands of both. The film shows how, through ritual, spiritual beliefs and personally developed philosophies, the villagers are reconciling their past, living the present and working towards their futures.
From the Ashes (26m, 1999) - Broadcast on SABC, TVM, and NBC
A Zionist preacher know in the community as 'The Bishop' performed cleansing ceremonies during the civil war including for his two sons who fought on opposite sides. Has the cleansing helped with their reconciliation?
The soldier and the Nyanga reconstruct the cleansing ceremony that enabled him to return to life in the community despite his violent past during the war.
The traditional healer works with Paulo and the spirits of the people he wronged to help him find peace and move on in his life now the war is over.
Paulo's life has not gone well since the war ended. He cuts reeds but can't sell them. It's as if he's carrying a heavy weight. His full story is told in the cli "The Nyanga's story" but here he is introduced along with his family and his world.