Comédia Infantil

Director: Solveig Norlund
Country: Sweden and Mozambique
Year: 1997
Running Time: 100 min.
Language: Portuguese

 

Adapted from a Swedish novel that uses poetic drama to illuminate and humanize difficult social issues, this film is a touching account of the hardships faced by the young boy, Nèlio, during Mozambique’s civil war. After losing his family during a raid on his village, Nèlio manages to escape from a training camp for young soldiers. Upon reaching the capital, he becomes the leader of a group of street children who believe he has the power to cure diseases. His burgeoning reputation as a healer, however, cannot shield him from the brutality of war. As Nèlio lays wounded, he recounts his harrowing story to José, the local baker.