Catarina Alves Costa
Release Date: 30-03-2023
Between 1958 and 61, Margot Dias took part in four ethnographic missions to the extreme north of Mozambique, Africa, then a Portuguese colony.
She registered and filmed many hours, compiling unprecedented visual and sound records of the Makonde culture.
This journey changed her life, as if in the encounter of the Other she had found herself again.
It’s the woman behind these records who we try to depict, from her youth in the 1920’s Germany, to her marriage to the Portuguese ethnologist Jorge Dias, and the missions they made together in Mozambique.

Doclisboa 2022 - Selecção Oficial - Heart Beat
Porto Post Doc - Cinema FaladoDok.Fest Müchen
Ethnocineca - Vienna
MDOC - Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival

director Catarina Alves Costa
editing Pedro Mateus Duarte
image João Ribeiro
sound Gabriel Mondlane, Armanda Carvalho
sound editing and mixing João Alves
grading Gonçalo Ferreira
laboratory Irmã Lúcia
research in Germany Johannes Reiss
post-production Sofia Tonicher

archives Museu Nacional de Etnologia and Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema
financial support of ICA – Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual (post-production support)

producer Pedro Borges
production Midas Filmes

72' | DCP | color | Portugal