Original Title: Virgem Margarida
Mozambique, 2012
color 87'   Feature Film

1975, Mozambique’s rebirth. The young revolution sweeps the streets of Maputo from prostitutes and bad habits. Sent to re-education camps deep in the countryside, they will become “new women”.
Margarida, a sixteen year-old girl from the countryside, was mistakenly taken. This is their story. Women bounded by adversity.

Language: Portuguese

Sumeia Maculuva, Iva Mugalela, Hermelinda,Cimela, Rosa Mario, Ana-Maria Albino

Director: Licinio Azevedo

Production Company: Ébano Multimédia

Co-Production Company: Ukbar Filmes; JBA Productions

Audicen Award - Amiens;
Best Picture - Vues D'Afrique 2013;
Audience Award - Amiens Int. Film Festival;
Audience Award - Festival Cinema d'Afrique in Angers, France;
AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actress in a supporting role - Hermelinda Cimela;
Prize for Best Actress, Iva Mugalela - Vues D'Afrique 2013;
Best Female Support Role for Iva Mugalela - Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (Tunisia)
Audience Award - Festival Engagé d'Alger;
Prize for Best Actress, Iva Mugalela - African Film Festival Foundation 2013, Khouribga;

Nominations of Africa Movie Academy Awards:
- AMAA 2013 Best Picture
- AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actress in a supporting role - Hermelinda Cimela (won)
- AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Promising Actor - Sumela Maculuva
- AMAA 2013 Prize for Achievement in Cinematography
- AMAA 2013 Prize for Achievement in Sound
- AMAA 2013 Prize for Achievement in Costume Design
- AMAA 2013 Prize for achievement in Production Design
Festival International du Cinema de L'Argel;
Belo Horizonde Festival;
Brasilia Film Festival;
Toronto International Film Festival;
London International Film Festival;
Festival de Cine Africano - Cordoba;
Amiens International Film Festival;
Journées Cinematographiques de Carthage;
Dubai International Film Festival;
Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara;
Belgrade International Film Festival;
FESPACO, African Film Festival;
CinemAfrika - Stockholm;
Vues d'Afrique - Montreal, Canada;
Afrykamera Festival - Poland;
New York African Film Festival;
Festival Cinema d'Afrique - Angers;
Festival CineAfricano Milano - Italy;
Helsinki Africa Film Festival;
Durban International Film Festival;
Zanzibar Festival;
Brasília Festival.

Versions: English Subtitles

Availability: The World, except France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, African Continent and TV5


Licínio Azevedo is at the same time a director and a writer. He participated in the experiences of Ruy Guerra and Jean-Luc Godard, at the INC (National Film Institute of Mozambique). He is now an independent filmmaker and co-founder of Ebano Multimedia, the most important production company in Mozambique. His multiple productions have won awards all over the world. His first long feature-film is "Virgin Margarida".

Main Filmography

The Devil’s Harvest, 1988.

Marracuene, 1990.

Farewell GDR, 1992.

The Tree of our Ancestors, 1994.

The Water War, 1996.

Tchuma Tchato, 1997.

Massassane, 1998.

The Last Prostitute, 1999.

Community Stories, 2000.

The Bridge, 2001.

Eclipse, 2002.

Disobedience, 2002.

Hands of Clay, 2003.

The demining camp, 2005.

The Great Bazaar, 2006.

Night Lodgers, 2007.

The Island of Spirits, 2010.

Virgin Margarida, 2012

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