Documentaries

Against All Odds

Here is a documentary produced by the now-defunct Dutch NMO company about the Yao tribe of Malawi. We have added it to YouTube and this site at the request of anthropologist Dr. Alan Thorold who is featured in this film. We hope you enjoy it!


Healthcare in Mandimba (2009 – Mandimba Alliance Mozambique Africa


Music of Resistance, Part 1 (al Jazeera)


Music of Resistance, Part 2 (al Jazeera)


Seeds of Discontent

Launched October 2, 2013, this film draws attention to the role of a Swedish investment firm, Dutch pension fund and Norwegian church endowment in land grabbing in northern Mozambique near the city of Lichinga. The film gives a compelling visual portrait of how investment by private financial players can undermine food security and human rights in developing countries.


Sick in Africa

2016 – Filmmaker Tim Cowley spent much of 2015 exploring the relationship between traditional beliefs and healthcare in the village in which he called home near Mandimba, Mozambique. A YouTube series highlighting different aspects of healthcare, practice and belief is due to begin in mid 2016. Visit SickinAfrica.com for more details.


Spirit Creatures: Niassa’s Invisible Realm [A Yawo cultural documentary]

Spirit Creatures: Niassa's Invisible Realm
Spirit Creatures: Niassa’s Invisible Realm

Film synopsis: Northern Mozambique’s Cyao people both revere and struggle against wildlife on a daily basis. To help them cope they regularly call on their ancestral spirits, some of whom are embodied in animals. This invisible realm called “Majini” greatly influences how people think and act. It seems to be connected to just about everything from man-eating lions and the bushmeat trade to the elephant poaching crisis sweeping across Africa today. Spirit Creatures documents Keith and Colleen Begg’s journey to gain a deeper understanding of people’s spiritual relationships with wildlife inside Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve. They are led to an important sacred site called Chemambo where all the yellow baboons are believed to be people. Understanding local culture helps the Begg’s become more effective conservationists.

Official Selection, International Wildlife Film Festival, 2014, Missoula, USA
Winner, Best Independent Film, Green Screen Nature Festival, 2014, Eckernförde, Germany
Winner, Special Jury Prize, 12th Matsalu Nature Film Festival, 2014 Estonia

This award-winning documentary film from 2014 Spirit Creatures: Niassa’s Invisible Realm is now available for download from Vimeo (for a small cost) here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spiritcreatures/160332604

A Portuguese version of the film can be found here for FREE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxGStttQswc

A trailer for the film can be seen at the Vimeo site.


The Yawo of Niassa

“Introducing the world to the Yawo tribe of Niassa Province, Mozambique (who also live in larger numbers in Malawi and some in southern Tanzania).”