Frontières Sanglantes (Borders of Blood) (Mozambique: 1985)


Mario Borgneth

Cast list

Joaquim Chicano… President of the People’s Republic of Mozambique
Jose Dos Santos… President of the People’s Republic of Angola
Julius Nyerere… President of Chama Cha Mapinduzi
Robert Mugabe… Prime Minister of the Republic of Zimbabwe
Kenneth Kaunda… President of the Republic of Zambia
Quett Massire… President of the Republic of Botswana
Ali Hassan Mwinyi… President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Oliver Tambo… President of African National Congress
Sam Nujoma… President of Swapo
Mario Da Graca Machungo… Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Mozambique
Marcelino Dos Santos… President of the People’s Assembly of Mozambique
Ken Flower… General of Rodhesia’s Central Intelligence


This documentary portrays the effects of the destabilization of South African policy on the reconstruction of Mozambique. By tracing the history of the political forces of Mozambique, a history rooted in Portuguese colonialism, Borgneth reveals the underlying issues that plague the republic to explain what has transpired since. The film focuses also on the conflict between the apartheid system and political forces in the area. Interviewers urge international relief to resolve this conflict and abolish the apartheid aggression. In addition to the political destabilization, the film also provides coverage of the terrorist nature of South Africa’s military destabilization in Mozambique especially.


Review of Frontieres Sanglantes, Mozambique Information Office (online)

Academic Articles:

Watkins, Claire. Portuguese African Cinema: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, 1969 to 1993. Indiana UP, 1995. Print.

Conspicuous Destruction: War, Famine, and the Reform Process in Mozambique (c1992), An Africa Watch Report. New York: Human Rights Watch

Jardim, Jorge (1976), Moçambique Terra Queimada. Lisboa: Intervenção.

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