Licinio Azevedo’s powerful story focuses on the struggle of young widow, Cecilia Xavier Cumanio, to raise her four children on her own – in the face of the traditional oppression against widows still practiced in Mozambique today. When Cecilia’s husband is killed in an accident in South Africa, her father-in-law accuses her of responsibility for his death, and seizes her family home, along with all her clothes and possessions. Forced to live in a tin shack, Cecilia earns a meagre living as a seasonal worker on a sugar plantation worker. She finally seeks advice from Maria Aduzinda de Almeida, chairperson of the Association of Women Abandoned by the Sugar Industry who assures Cecilia that adversity will only maker her stronger, and encourages her to start a court case against her late husband’s family for the return of her property.

Directed: Licinio Azevedo

Others in the series:
Africa’s Child | Ca Va Aller? | Life in Slow Motion | The Sharing Day | Roofless | Survivre a Tout Prix | “…and the letter that the children sent to God said…’

TAGS: people & communities women & equality

Films in this series

‘…the letter the children sent to God said…’

A poignant insight into the impact that growing inequality in South Africa ...
Africa’s Child

Africa’s Child introduces some of the key issues involved in child surviv ...
Ca Va Aller?

Idrissa Ouedraogo’s magical drama tells the story of five -year old Madi ...
Life in Slow Motion

A striking Nollywood drama, Tunde Kelani’s story is a morality tale about ...

Licinio Azevedo’s powerful story focuses on the struggle of young widow, ...
Survivre a Tout Prix

Set in a village in rural Burkina Faso, Fanta Regina Nacros’ moving docum ...
The Sharing Day

Ten-year old Tabitha is an HIV positive orphan who lives with her Mainini ( ...