The 2021 Cascade Festival of African Films will be held virtually from February 5 to March 10, 2021. The festival will remain free and open to the public, but films will be shown online. Check back here soon for more details and the list of films!
Directed by Sol de Carvalho
Adapted from the short story “The Day Mabata Bata Exploded” by Mozambican writer Mia Couto, the film follows Azarias, a young orphaned herd boy who dreams of going to school, but is unable to as he has to take care of the oxen herd which is part of his uncle’s traditional dowry. Most importantly, he has to take care of Mabata Bata, the herd’s biggest ox. When the treasured ox steps on a landmine from the civil war, Azarias flees to the forest, and a series of magical events is triggered.
In Tsonga and Portuguese with English subtitles.
All films are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Share this film
Please take a moment to fill out the festival evaluation.View All Films