Edited film presents a sample of the music and dance of the Chopi villagers of Mozambique. Film emphasizes how singing and dancing is a reflection of Chopi history, values, and spirit. Footage includes the <chingomana> women's dance, boy's initiation dances, funeral songs, social commentary songs, and the "Great Song" where the entire village participates. Footage consists of film taken in Mozambique before the wars of 1989-1992, interviews with Chopi refugees in Zimbabwe, and scenes of Chopi life in Mozambique after the war and drought.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD