“The unquantifiable toll of Mozambique's long civil war suffuses Sleepwalking Land, an
emotionally affecting tale-within-a-tale helmed and scripted by Brazilian-born Teresa Prata.
Originating with the wanderings of a young boy and an older man before spinning into a story
that adds layers of resonance, this long-gestating pic works as a parable for a society struggling to
cope with its evisceration.” –Jay Weissberg, Variety
Muidinga, an orphaned refugee, forages in the countryside
under the wing of the elderly Tuahir in the midst of
Mozambique’s devastating civil war. Happening on a dead
man’s diary, the boy reads to the illiterate Tuahir, introducing
the story of Kidzu and a woman who Muidinga believes must
be his mother. As Muidinga and Tuahir go in search of her,
they keepreturning to the same spot—but there the stories
of Kidzu and Muidinga come together at last. Featuring
remarkable, unsentimental performances, Teresa Prata’s
transporting drama pits compassion, resilience and the
imagination against the bitter reality of war.
“Sleepwalking Land is one of the most interesting and realistic films on Africa. If you accept
magicalrealism as a tool to narrate a realistic socio-political scenario in Africa, both Mia Couto
and Teresa Pratahave much to offer and delight your senses.” –Jugu Abraham, Dear Cinema
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: TERESA PRATA Teresa Prata was born in Portugal and spent her childhood in Mozambique. She studied biology
at the University of Coimbra and holds a degree in Screenwriting and Directing from the German
Film and Television School. She began her career working at an art gallery and has made several
experimental videos and installations. Sleepwalking Land is her fist feature film.