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Grande Hotel| 51mins
Director: Anabela Saint-Maurice | Producer: Ana Lucas
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Portugal
Subject Tags: africa, housing, migration, mozambique, poverty
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
In Mozambique, a luxury hotel was inaugurated in 1955, aspiring to be the biggest in Africa. Built in the city of Beira, its goal was to promote tourism in the whole central region of the Portuguese colony, particularly to attract tourists from neighboring Rhodesia. The project failed after a few years, and a giant concrete building remained in the city. In the post-independence period it was occupied by thousands of war-displaced Mozambicans who found shelter there. The documentary “Grande Hotel” evokes the tragic history of that amazing building, a symbol of the past and present city of Beira. Using the hotel as its main subject, the documentary is, in fact, a portrait of the city of Beira, and of the different life experiences and cultural backgrounds that co-exist there.

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