You Can’t Live with Your Mouth Shut

The traditional dance that accompany the batuque music of Cape Verde, dominated by frenetic hip movements, has led an uneasy coexisetence with the Christianity brought to the area by missionaries. Condemned by the church for inspiring what it considers sexually provocative behavior, batuque nevertheless lives on. Once forbidden, batuque is increasingly embraced as a valuable symbol of Cape Verdean culture.

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30 minutes


betacam, Color


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João Nicolau

João Nicolau obtained the MA in visual anthropology from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology/University of Manchester in December 1999. You Can’t Live with Your Mouth Shut is his debut film.
You Can’t Live with Your Mouth Shut (1999)