Join Museum of Goa for the screening of the much acclaimed documentary film ‘Special Envoy’ directed by Nalini Elvino de Sousathis MOG Sunday, 13 Jan, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Museum of Goa, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa.

The film will be followed by a discussion between Nalini and Dr. Pedro Manuel Sobral Pombo (PhD in Anthropology from ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon).

Brief on the film:

Special Envoy is a quest to bring to light the inspiring yet unknown mission of an Indian whose life is cut short in the Mozambican presidential plane crash in 1986. Aquino de Bragança, in his twenties, finds himself in Mozambique in 1947, hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps to Department of Customs. Failing to achieve this goal and for the first time ever, experiencing the bitterness of racism, his life takes a 180 degree spin and his aim, till the very last day of his life, was a relentless fight against Colonialism both in Goa and in all the African countries.

His friendship with Samora Machel propels him to dedicate his life to the Reconstruction of Mozambique after its independence. Their journey is told through a game of chess.

The life story of Aquino de Bragança and his bond with Samora Machel are magnetically drawn onto the chess table until the final checkmate dictates its end.

About the director:

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Lisbon University, she moved to Goa, and completed her Master’s degree in Portuguese Literature from Goa University. In 2006 she was presented with an opportunity to showcase Goa to Portuguese speaking audience via the RTPi (Portuguese International channel). Here she directed, anchored and produced 75 documentaries that showcased different aspects of Goan culture, architecture, cuisine and economics, a project that continued up to 2011. This she did as a manager of Lotus Film & TV Production.

In 2010, she produced and directed a short film documentary “Water” which dealt with various aspects of conservation and recycling of water. It was selected for the Vasudha awards in the prestigious IFFI (International Film Festival of India) and Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, Pune. Further this short documentary won the Jury award at the Nashik International Film Festival.

In 2012 she directed and produced the short documentary “Dances of Goa” that served to highlight various dance forms specific to Goa, some of which are likely to become extinct. This documentary was selected for the IFFTAC (International Festival of Films on Tribal, Art & Culture in Bhopal, later in the Bulgarian film festival – In the Palace International Short film festival.

In 2013 she produced a short fiction entitled “Paklo”. This movie won the second prize at the Marathi Film Festival in 2013 and had a special screening at IFFI in 2014.

Right now she is working with RTPi (Portuguese international channel) once more for a series called “Hora dos Portugueses” (Portuguese time) about the lives of Portuguese citizens in India.