Mozambique is in the midst of civil war. A single train connects Nampula to Malawi. No civilians are allowed and yet hundreds risk their lives through 700km of sabotaged tracks. Salomão and Taiar are two soldiers who don’t get along. Rosa is a young nurse on her way to her first job, who soon becomes an object of desire. Mariamu, her close friend, only hopes to trade salt for sugar. Amongst bullets and laughter, life goes on and stories unfold as the train advances under attack, ever so slowly, towards the next stop. Lead by a Shaman Commander, The Train of Salt and Sugar is a magical journey aboard an African train that carries hundreds of unknown heroes.
Licínio Azevedo is a Mozambican lmmaker and writer. Brazilian born, he start- ed as a journalist in Latin America, arriving in Mozambique in search of good post-colonial stories, later compiled in a book. He worked closely with Ruy Guer- ra, Godard and Jean Rouch at the National Institute of Mozambique in the years that followed the Mozambican Independence. He has directed over twenty lms, distributed worldwide, since 1980, and is the co-founder of one of Mozambique’s most renowned lm production companies - Ébano Multimédia. Licínio’s lms are hand in hand with the reality of Mozambique and its troubled political evolution. Between ction and documentary, Licinio mixes both genres, always inspired by storytelling events and compelling characters.