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It seems easy to be supportive... #1

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How do they laugh in Africa? #2

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Simone, do you want to go to Mozambique? #3

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I am going to Mozambique! But to do what? #4

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The meetings #5

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Where do I start? #6

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Meeting with

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The first contacts with Mozambique #8

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Agenda first mission in Mozambique #9

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First mission: arrival in Maputo #1

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But where am I? #2

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Meeting with Alvim Cossa #3

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Teatro do Oprimido Show #4

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Meeting with the Machaka Association #5

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The Show by the Machaka Group #6

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Manuela Soeiro and the Avenida Theater #7

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Gonçalo Mabunda #8

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Meeting with the Luarte Association #9

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Luarte Show #10

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Maputo - Pemba Journey #11

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Vitor Raposo #12

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Pemba – Palma Trip #13

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Visit to the village of Quionga #14

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Visit to the village of Quirindi #15

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That wonderful beach! #16

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Visit to the village of Pundanhar #17

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The Mamãe Kit #18

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Visit to the hospital in Palma #19

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Return to Italy #20

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The project continues! #1

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How many meetings are we going to have?!? #2

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Agenda second mission in Mozambique #3

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Second mission in Mozambique, arrival at Pemba #4

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Felix Mambucho #5

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Performance Vitor Raposo and the Tambo Tambulani Tambo company #6

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Pemba – Palma Trip #7

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Performances at Palma, on with the casting! No, stop! #8

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Grupo do funzionarios #9

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Performances (and casting) in the village of Pundanhar #10

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Performances (and casting) in the village of Quionga #11

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Selecting the actors for the Italian stages #12

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Are you ready to come to Italy? #13

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The return to Italy and end of the second mission #14

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Preparing for the first training period at Alcatraz #1

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Arrival at the Libera Università di Alcatraz #2

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We begin! #3

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Mario Pirovano #4

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Acting with Mario Pirovano #5

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Arms going up on their own! #6

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A dive into the theatre #7

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Let’s tell a love story! #8

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Being an actor is hard work #9

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What days! #10

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O falso médico! #11

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We all go shopping! #12

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The performance takes shape #13

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We need an ultrasound! #14

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Rome has never been so beautiful! #15

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Second training session: the first day... #1

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The return of the Mozambicans #2

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A tragic day #3

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Memory tests with Mario Pirovano #4

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Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals… and that script in 3 languages… #5

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First reading of the script in Swahili #6

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Just for a change, we rehearse... #7

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That damned video! #8

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In and around Perugia #9

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The last rehearsals #10

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Action! #11

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Changes to the show? Change the title?!? #1

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Confusion in Fatima’s House #2

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Preparation of the stage design #3

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Ready to go (again)? #1

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Arrival at Pemba #2

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At Palma under the palm trees (wet!) #3

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First day of the tour: Mute #4

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Second day of the tour: Pundanhar #5

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Third day of the tour: Quionga #6

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Fourth day of the tour: Palma #7

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Fifth day of the tour: Olumbe #8

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Thank you Mozambique, thank you so much! #9

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You can feel the energy in the air this morning.

In about half an hour there will be a dress rehearsal, the first of two, it MUST go well. It must go well because it’s the last day of the training session, it has to go well because it would be the perfect ending to 11 days of crazy intensity, it has to go well because we cannot make a mistake, we cannot close this session with a disaster.

I’m the assistant.

I make sure that each actor has their own props in order and ready, I check the doctors’ white coats, the syringes and the I.V. (don’t worry, it’s all part of the show!).

I say: “Let’s try making the skin marks on the real doctor’s face and removing them before the last scene, we’ve never tried it, let’s try. Felix, you have to wash the actor’s face, get a cloth and some water ready!”.

During the performance it is forbidden to speak, move, make comments. The audio is recorded with an enormous microphone that manages to “hear” even when you breathe, any interference would ruin the recording, and the same is true for the cameras. We need a video shoot of the dress rehearsal for the video archive, the serious Web sites, maybe for the final document. We have lots of ‘pieces’ that were recorded during the training session, we need a full rehearsal that is smooth, perfect.

In addition, the video will be seen and evaluated by ENI and CUAMM.

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We cannot make a mistake!

And the group doesn’t make any mistakes at all!

The morning rehearsal is a success. Only two slight imperfections, that can only be noticed by insiders like us who have memorised the script and scenery of the performance.

Applause and thanks would be the best things to hear today.

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Even the afternoon rehearsal goes well, with a small audience (Italian obviously, but Portuguese isn’t that difficult to understand…). The morning rehearsal was the most successful, the actors recite with pure enjoyment, even improvising some new movements.

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It’s a success, I know when the audience should laugh, and hearing the people respond is the second most wonderful thing of the day.

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After dinner. The goodbyes begin, the group leaves tomorrow. There’s a sentence, a prayer, a thank you for each one of us, and for each one of them, too. It has been a great adventure, truly great…that hasn’t quite finished but I don’t know if we will manage to live so closely to each other again for days and days. There are people, like the girls in the kitchen, who will never see the Mozambicans again, there will now be a tour in Mozambique, the training sessions in Italy have ended.

Jacopo steals the words from my mouth: “Italy talks a lot about integration, tolerance, we’ve shown that it isn’t really that difficult…”

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