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Mabata Bata

Sol de Carvalho / Mozambique / 80 Minutes / Portuguese with English Subtitles

Starring: Emílio Bila, Wilton Boene, Medianeira Massingue

Azarias is a young orphan shepherd, keeper of a herd of oxen, where the ox Mabata Bata stands out. The oxen will be the basis of the "lobolo" payment, a traditional dowry that his uncle Raul must pay for his own marriage. One day, when Azariah is in the pasture, Mabata Bata steps onto a mine. The young man fears his uncle's reprisals and flees to the forest, taking with him the remaining oxen. The grandmother and uncle leave in their quest to rescue him and persuade him to return.

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