MARGOT DIAS: ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS 1958-1961

Between 1958 and 1961, the anthropologist Margot Dias (1908-2001) shot 28 films in Mozambique and Angola, which belong to the Film Archive of the National Museum of Ethnology (Museu Nacional de Etnologia). These films were made within the "study Missions on the Ethnic Minorities of the Portuguese Overseas Territories" headed by Jorge Dias and represent one of the first uses of ethnographic film within Portuguese anthropological studies.

This edition includes all the films shot within those fieldwork campaigns and a soundtrack composed from Margot Dias's own field recordings. The identification and thematic organization of the films, as well as the soundtrack is the work of Catarina Alves Costa.

Also included, as a bonus feature, is a previously unreleased interview with Margot Dias, held in 1996 by Joaquim Pais de Brito, former director of the National Museum of Ethnology.

 
 
 
 

  Contents

Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)

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ASPECTS OF MAKUWA'S AND MAKONDE'S LIFE IN MOZAMBIQUE
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 7 minutes
• Color
• Sound

ANTUPA VILLAGE
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 10 minutes
• Color
• Sound

THE WAY TO NOLA'S FARM
(Netherlands, 1958)

Director: Manuel Viegas Guerreiro

• 5 minutes
• Color, B&W
• Sound

MUSSA. A MAKONDE VILLAGE
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 2 minutes
• Color
• Sound

THE MAKONDE VILLAGE OF ANTUPA. WOMAN PESTLING
(Netherlands, 1995)

• 3 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

MAKONDE MAKING A COMB AND VISIT OF HUMA PUTUKU AND OF NAÑGOLO ANTUPA
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 3 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

MPAMBANDA, THE HEALER, TELLING A STORY
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 3 minutes
• Color
• Sound

THE CHAYO GIRLS' GAME. NTCHAMU VILLAGE
(Netherlands, 1961)

• 2 minutes
• Color
• Sound

AT MALAGANU, A NGONI VILAGE NEAR LAKE NGURI
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 3 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

[MISCELLANEOUS SCENES. MUNDAU, CHANGANE]
(Netherlands, 1959)

• 13 minutes
• Color
• Sound

[CHONGUENE, GAZA. BUS DEPARTURE]
(Netherlands, 1959)

• 3 minutes
• Color
• Sound

[INVESTITURE DANCES OF A NEW HUMU AT MULUMBA]
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 8 minutes
• Color
• Sound

MAPIKO DANCE
(UK, 1958)

• 11 minutes
• Color
• Sound

"LIKUMBI KUINDJILA". MALE PUBERTY RITES OF PASSAGE AT MUANGA
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 18 minutes
• Color
• Sound

"LIKUMBI KUINDJILA". MALE PUBERTY RITES OF PASSAGE AT KUMAÑGOMA
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 12 minutes
• B&W
• Sound

GIRLS' PUBERTY RITES
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 7 minutes
• Color
• Sound

[MAKONDE BURIALS]
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 7 minutes
• Color, B&W
• Sound

["RONGA WEDDING" (UMBELUZI THEATRE)]
(Netherlands, 1961)

• 6 minutes
• Color
• Sound

MAKONDE MUSICIANS
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 10 minutes
• Color, B&W
• Sound

CHOPI MUSICIANS AND DANCERS IN THE BANGUZA TRIBAL KINGDOM, ZAVALA DISTRICT
(Netherlands, 1959)

• 11 minutes
• Color
• Sound

MAKONDE BASKETRY
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 13 minutes
• Color
• Sound

MANUFACTURING NGOTI STRING, A CHIRUNDZU PANNIER AND A NDZAVA PANNIER BY THE SHANGAAN
(Netherlands, 1959)

• 9 minutes
• Color
• Sound

CHIKHELO BASKET USED IN GAZA
(Netherlands, 1959)

• 12 minutes
• Color
• Sound

MAKONDE POTTERY
(Netherlands, 1958)

• 18 minutes
• Color
• Sound

POTTERY BY MAKUPULANE CHOPI WOMEN
(UK, 1959)

• 11 minutes
• Color
• Sound

THE MAKONDE SCULPTOR NANGONA
(Netherlands, 1959)

• 6 minutes
• Color, B&W
• Sound

[MISCELLANEOUS SCENES. ANGOLA]
(Netherlands, 1960)

• 14 minutes
• Color
• Sound

MAKING TOASTED CASSAVA FLOUR
(UK, 1960)

• 20 minutes
• Color
• Sound

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Bonus Material

INTERVIEW WITH MARGOT DIAS
(Netherlands, 1996)

Director: Catarina Alves Costa
With: Joaquim Pais de Brito

• 2 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

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Total Running Time: 08:33:00 (2 Discs)

Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

Booklet Text: José Manuel Costa, Paulo Ferreira da Costa, Catarina Alves Costa, Nuno Domingos & Harry G. West (bilingual English & Portuguese)

Published By: Cinemateca

Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping)

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