During Mozambique’s brutal 15 year civil war, one and a half million Mozambicans fled to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. There was no time to bid farewell, no time to pay the proper respects to the dead. In 1984 when the war reached the province of Tete, Alexandre Ferrao was chosen by his uncles to take his family and flee to Malawi. Nine years later, with the war finally over, Alexandre decided it was time to return home to seek atonement under the forefathers’ tree. Licinio Azevedo’s award-winning documentary is the moving story of the family’s three week journey home – by ox-cart, by bus, but mostly on foot – with extracts from Alexandre’s daily diary of life in exile providing a running commentary.
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