Virgin Margarida (Virgem Margarida)

Fri 7 Nov |20:30|Ritzy Brixton

Virgin Margarida (Virgem Margarida)

Dir. Licinio Azevedo
Mozambique/France/Portugal. 2012. 90min. Colour. French, Portuguese with English subtitles.

Set in Mozambique in 1975 in the immediate aftermath of the country’s war of independence, Virgin Margarida is a restrained and thought-provoking film that tells the story of a group of female sex workers who are captured by revolutionary soldiers and sent deep into the countryside to be ‘re-educated’. Although Maria João, the officer in charge of the programme, is driven by idealistic notions, she is perfectly willing to subject her prisoners to torture. In spite of their suffering, members of the captured group of women take it upon themselves to look out for Margarida, a 16 year-old girl who stands falsely accused of prostitution and transpires to be a virgin.

Followed by a Q&A with executive producer Pedro Pimenta.