The Beira Grand Hotel, once a glamorous whites only palace in colonial Mozambique, today a shelter for 3,500 people. No electricity, no water - and no sadness.
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In the colonial era the Grande Hotel in the city of Beira was the largest in Mozambique: 350 rooms, luxurious suites, Olympic-sized swimming pool… At present the building, which is in ruins, with no electricity or running water, is inhabited by 3,500 people. Some have been living there for twenty years. In addition to the rooms, the foyers, corridors, service areas and basement of the hotel - here it's always night-time - also serve as residences. No trace of sadness of self pity in this luminous documentary.
Director : Licínio Azevedo
Writer : Licínio Azevedo
Camera : Karl de Sousa
Sound : Gabriel Mondlane
Editing : Orlando Mesquita
Music : Chico António
Production : Ebano Multimedia
FIPA d'or 2008 in Biarritz - France
Best Documentary Award - Afrique Taille XL - Brussells - Belgium