Wansati - As flores do mundo

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Wansati - As flores do mundo

Wansati - As flores do mundo

original title:

Wansati - As flores do mundo

cinematography:

music:

Irmaos Mariquel & banda, Carmine Calia

production:

Malaka Studio, Moovie, Click Studio

country:

Italy

year:

2024

film run:

74'

format:

colour

status:

Ready (29/02/2024)

The documentary recounts a slice of life of three friends: Augusta, Mariana and Crimilda, united by the same passion: the game of rugby.
Their stories are told in the three days leading up to 7 Aprlie 2022. Bank holidays in honour of Josina Machel (partisan who died during the war for independence) and Mozambican women.
The story is told in the present tense, in the daily reality of the protagonists.
Each day we follow one of the girls in their typical day: family, training, school, friends.
Their daily lives provide the subject matter of the film. The authenticity of the lived story gives life to the screenplay.
Their passion for rugby helps them to break gender barriers.
They manage to make boys admire them because they play a sport that public opinion considers rough, dangerous, "only suitable for the strongest, to men."
The ultimate goal, the first women's rugby tournament in Mozambique, on 7 April 2022.

Director's notes

In 2019, I met Irene Bellamio and her Rugby project in Maputo, how the sport was fuel on the fire for the emancipation of these girls.
I found it original to deal with this subject in an evolving reality like Maputo.
Topics whose universality can absorb us all, making us empathise with realities that are geo-politically very distant.
In the time available to me, I decided to make an essay film. Without a script or screenplay to follow but by filming reality. Trying not to undermine reality with our presence.
I thought this approach was the best, in order to delve into the lives of the protagonists.
In some cases we found ourselves in the situation in the scene; other times we reconstructed it or imagined it thanks to the authorial and research work done in the pre-production of the documentary.
The idea in the approach was to use the camera as an observer. Real, real, without punctuation.
To do this I took all my time, from my arrival in Mozambique, to the start of filming (3 weeks), with the girls, the team, the neighbourhood. Trying to break down the barriers between me and them and between them and the camera.
Feeling heard, feeling understood, being able to express one's point of view, are concepts taken for granted, but this is not true for all. for everyone. Interviews play an important role in the documentary narrative, because the girls are able to express their point of view.
Being able to give voice to these people is my greatest satisfaction.