Moshanyana (2013) is part of a three film sequence entitled Journey To The Centre of Capricorn directed by Rui Tenreiro, a Mozambican author, illustrator and art director.

I felt in love with Moshanyana many times and for various reasons. My love blossomed at the first photographic glimpse of that short film posted on Rui’s blog over a year ago. Once released I couldn’t stop watching it, a real diamond to my eyes, but also to my ears, i was totally captivated, the team working on Moshanyana carefully gave attention to every details of the film. In only 2’44 minutes Moshanyana, truly is a  compendium of poetry.

 

 ” About the title: Moshanyana is a mythic hero from the Sotho people of South Africa. They tell a tale of how all of the people and animals of the world were swallowed up by a monster called Kholumolumo. One pregnant woman escaped, and as the monster got stuck in a mountain pass because it had grown so large, she gave birth to a child, Moshanyana. He became a man in a very short time and slew the beast. He cut it open and released all of the people and animals that had been eaten. Eventually, some of the villagers grew jealous of him and tried to kill him. He escaped three times by using magic, but allowed himself to be killed the fourth time.”

Cinematography: Filipe Branquinho.
Editing & score: Tiago Correia-Paulo.
Wardrobe: Gabrielle de Gersigny.
Technical assistance: Dino Capelão.
3D: João Graça.
Production: Ana Lúcia Cruz.
Post-Production: Julian Redpath, Keno (LEFT Joburg).
Actors: Guel, Dimas Tivane.
Curator (exhibition): Elisa Santos.
Writing & direction: Rui Tenreiro