Fiche Film
MOYEN Métrage | 2002
Night Stop
Licínio Azevedo
Titre anglais : Night Stop
Pays concerné : Mozambique
Réalisateur(s) : Licínio Azevedo
Avec : Licínio Azevedo
Durée : 52
Genre : portrait
Type : documentaire


Des prostituées qui travaillent près d’une aire de camions narrent leurs histoires personnelles de grossesse, d’amour, la recherche de mari, la violence et la résignation.

Réalisateur : Licinio Azevedo


In central Mozambique lies the Corridor of Death, a long-distance trucking route, where more than 30% of the population are HIV+. Shot mostly at night, the film charts a series of interwoven stories about the lives of women who wait for the arrival of truck drivers at an overnight trucking station. Three groups of sex workers, the Calamities, the Students and the Founding Members, vie for business, disappearing into the drivers’trucks, which are cheaper than renting rooms. In this world, even though condoms are distributed free by activists, you can earn more by having unprotected sex.

Chatting, arguing and hustling, prostitutes who work at a truck stop near the border reveal their individual stories of pregnancy, the search for a husband, unrequited love, violence and resignation.

Director: Licinio Azevedo
Cinematographer: Joao Costa
Sound: Gita Cerveira
Editor: Orlando Mesquita
Music: Chico Antonio
Producer: Licinio Azevedo
Production Company: Ebano Multimedia

director’s comments
Briefly describe what your film is essentially about?
This is a film on reality, with no gray areas.

What was your experience in the making of your film?
It was an enriching experience from the human viewpoint, since I lived in a quite close and intense relationship with a stigmatised and socially marginalised group.

How would you describe the value of the message embodied in your film, to potential audiences?
There isn’t a message as such. There is only the desire to have made a socially useful film and to get the audience to share with me a phrase of Pasolini’s: « the cinema was an explosion of my love for reality. »

How would you describe your film in the context of HIV/AIDS?
It shows that the education campaigns regarding AIDS are still far from reaching their objective.