O Meu Marido Está a Negar

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O Meu Marido Está a Negar
O meu marido esta a negar.jpg
Directed by Rogério Manjate
Produced by Força Maior
Screenplay by Rogério Manjate
Starring Hermínia Novais, Gabriel António
Music by Francisco Cardoso
Cinematography Panu Kari
Edited by Panu Kari
Release date
Running time
21 minutes
Country Mozambique

O Meu Marido Está a Negar is a 2007 documentary film about a play of the same name, written and directed by Rogério Manjate. The film and play both discuss HIV/AIDS issues.[1] Manjate directed the award-winning short I Love You, also concerning HIV/AIDS, the same year.[2] The film's title means "My Husband is in Denial".[3]

Film synopsis[edit]

Hermínia discovers that she is an HIV positive mother when she goes in for a pregnancy check-up. Gabriel, her husband, knows about her illness and accepts it but refuses to take the tests. As long as he does, it is useless for Hermínia to follow a treatment. She thinks that if he sees a play about it, he might change his mind. O Meu Marido esta a negar takes a look at the interactive performances of The Teatro do Oprimido (Theatre of the Oppressed) and its goals: To make the audience aware of AIDS and help change their behavior.[4]

Play performances[edit]

The Theatre of the Oppressed is an interactive style that originated in Brazil and has been exported to over 70 countries on five continents. The format was created by Augusto Boal, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his success in using theater as a tool for social activism.[5] "O meu marido esta a negar" has been performed as a play throughout Mozambique as part of a program to overcome cultural obstacles in the treatment and prevention of HIV. It is presented in public places - markets, schools and businesses - and the public is invited to attend and present their own solutions to the unequal power relations shown in the play. The result is more effective than a lecture in Portuguese or distribution of written material to a largely illiterate population.[6]

Alvim Cossa, an actor who lost four members of his family from HIV/AIDS, described a performance in a busy market in Maputo: "We asked the public to put themselves in the place of the oppressed character, the pregnant wife, and to suggest solutions to her dilemma. Dressed in her skirt and head scarf, men and women in the audience took the place of the wife to encourage her husband to do the test, or explain that you can use traditional medicine, but for HIV should go to the hospital - all contribute to the education of the spectators".[5]

Festival screenings[edit]

The film was screened at the Durban International Film Festival held between 23 July to 3 August 2008.[7] In October 2008 it was shown at the Festival Dockanema in Maputo.[8] It has also been screened at the 2009 African Film Festival of Cordoba.[4]


  1. ^ "Centro de Teatro do Primido". Ctorio.org. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rogerio Manjate". Center for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  3. ^ "O meu marido esta a negar". Africine.org. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "O meu marido esta a negar". FCAT. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  5. ^ a b "MOÇAMBIQUE: A arte imita a vida". IRIN (in Portuguese). 5 February 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  6. ^ "MOÇAMBIQUE: A arte imita a vida" (in Portuguese). World Health Organization. February 19, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  7. ^ "29th Durban International Film Festival : 23 July to 3 August, 2008". Durban International Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  8. ^ Guido Convents (13 October 2008). "Festival Dockanema à Maputo : cinéma documentaire et mémoire". SIGNIS (in French). Retrieved 2012-03-10.