The buildings are sprouting from the ground, the roads are feeding themselves from the neighborhood lots, the alleys of dirt become flooded with rainwater, people grow further apart, all in the name of progress. Maputo is a young African city emerging at the frenetic rhythm of the global financial demand. Some say it’s not meant for everyone. People from different backgrounds welcome us into their neighborhoods and help us see the real Maputo. Amongst them is Nhez, a wannabe rapper superstar that lives in the slums and waits for his chance in the spotlight. “Each man for himself”.
João Graça was born in 1979. He studied Communication Design and holds a Master degree in Multimedia Art from Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa. He is one of the founding members of Anima Estúdio Criativo, based in Maputo, Mozambique, his country of origin, where he is established as a documentary filmmaker. He also has the commitment to stimulate the film production in Mozambique, with projects that integrate young talents in Anima’s film crews.
Fábio Ribeiro was born in 1982. He studied Cinematography at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema de Lisboa. He’s dedicated mainly to social documentary films, having directed projects for organizations such as the European Commission in Mozambique, UNESCO, FHI360, USAID, UNFPA, GIZ and SNV.. As a cinematographer, he has collaborated in projects in USA, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya and in his current place or residence, Mozambique.