"Mulheres Novas Com Cabeças Limpas": Pitfalls of the Revolution in Licínio Azevedo's <em>Virgem Margarida</em>

  • Maria Tavares Queen's University Belfast
Keywords: Mozambican cinema, FRELIMO, gender, Licínio Azevedo's Virgem Margarida


This article offers a reading of Licínio de Azevedo's 2012 film Virgem Margarida, discussing it in relation to Frelimo's policy of forced re-education camps and their effects on marginalized women in 1980s Mozambique. It also discusses recent political instability in Mozambique and the gendered legacies of regional sentiments on Mozambican national identity.

Author Biography

Maria Tavares, Queen's University Belfast
Maria Tavares is lecturer in Lusophone Studies at Queen's University Belfast. She specializes in Portuguese-speaking Africa with an interest in gender and postocolonial studies.