Comboio de Sal e Acucar (The Train of Salt and Sugar) Film
Licinio Azevedo | 2016 | 1h33m | Portuguese with English subtitles | 15
Set during the Mozambican civil war, this award-winning drama, based on writer/director Licínio de Azevedo's novel of the same name, is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Described by critics as 'the Great African Western', stories of love and war unfurl between the passengers travelling on the last remaining railway line connecting northern Mozambique and Malawi, a route which also forms the only hope for survival for people willing to risk their lives to trade salt and sugar. No civilians are allowed and yet hundreds risk their lives through 700km of sabotaged tracks. Salomão and Taiar are two soldiers who don’t get along. Rosa is a young nurse on her way to her first job, who soon becomes an object of desire. Mariamu, her close friend, only hopes to trade salt for sugar.
Amongst bullets and laughter, life goes on and stories unfold as the train advances under attack, ever so slowly, towards the next stop. Lead by a Shaman Commander, The Train of Salt and Sugar is a magical journey aboard an African train that carries hundreds of unknown heroes.