Set in the highlands village of Katuwo, the film is an intimate portrait of the day-to-day life of a family living in an agro-pastoralist farm in Namibe, Angola. Through the filmmaker’s request to her host, Madukilaxi, to put her skills into the making of a doll, the film addresses a twofold notion of labour taking place in the dry season: their shared doll-crafting and making a living. Lipuleni, Madukilaxi’s toddler, follows their twofold labour, and the three of them celebrate their efforts with a feast.
Inês Ponte was born in 1979, Portugal, and studied Visual Anthropology in the UK, with a background in Documentary and Social Anthropology from home. Since 2006 she has worked as an editor, camera operator, producer, researcher and writing assistant of documentary and research projects in India, Brazil, Portugal, Angola and the UK. Nowadays she teaches theoretical and practical courses on filmmaking and visuality, and conceives and collaborates on audiovisual and media projects based in Portugal.