The return of the Mozambicans

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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Why don’t they come out?!? Should we ask the Police?!? No, there they are!

Fiumicino Airport in Rome, the magnificent 7 Mozambican actors, after a pause lasting a few weeks, have returned to Italy for the second part of their theatre training session to prepare “The fake doctor” by Ilteatrofabene.

One of those bags, Agostinho’s I imagine, should have the Swahili translation of the script in it, Adelino (senior) should have all the props, Adelino (junior) should have the words of the final song.

They smile, hug me, how happy I am that you’re here!!!

Yes, I have missed these people! A lot!

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For days I thought about their way of living life, calmly (in Africa because of the heat) but above all how they enjoy themselves whenever they can. If you switch on some music, they move into pairs and dance. You chat, they laugh and joke.

They always greet you with a smile, no matter whether it’s 6.30 in the morning or 11.30 at night.

I asked how they were received at Palma after their return to Mozambique. Adelino (senior), laughing, said that there was a queue of people outside his house waiting to say hello.

A man “who has travelled” asked him what cities he visited. Adelino (senior) said Gubbio, Perugia Rome and the man said: “These cities exist, so it’s true that you were in Italy!!!”

They have brought some capulanas (coloured fabric typical of Mozambique) as gifts for the girls who work in the kitchen and for Mamà, our Tiziana.

They had travelled for almost 30 hours but we joked just the same, and try on the capulanas.

Very intense evening, at 9 o’clock everyone was already in bed!

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