In a country which has lived through so much political and historical turmoil, it matters a lot for families to invest enormous effort and savings in the building of their home. The film explores how their initiative and the rapid expansion of Maputo both solves but also threatens people’s dreams of owning a permanent home. Catarina, Mayla, Maria, Francesco and Teresa all have a different use and way of life of the bairros. By entering their life we get an insight of their understanding of what is a home and what is at stake.
Director/Producer: Noé Mendelle
Editor: Patricia Gomes
Camera: Noé Mendelle
Music Arrangement: David Borras
Associate Producers: Jorgen Eskemose Andersen (School of Architecture, Copenhagen) / Paul Jenkins (School of the Built Environment /Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture)
The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation
Research programme ‘Home Space in African Cities’ 2009-11: