Atanásio Nyusi is among the most celebrated contemporary dancers in
Mozambique. Blending tradition with modernity, his practice is uniquely complex, in particular due to his expertise in mapiko, a traditional masked dance performed exclusively by male members of the Makonde community. During the Mozambican War of Independence, the mapiko form developed to become a means of anti-colonial expression. As Nyusi recounts his own story to his son, chapters of the history of Mozambique emerge in his dance performances, and a collective memory finds embodiment, movement, and choreography. The Sound of Masks flows like an elegant poem, uniting archival footage with eerie dance sequences and at the same time dismantling the precepts of ethnographic documentary cinema.
Production Company: Lionfish Productions, Ukbar Filmes