Little Fiel

Little Fiel is a short documentary with stop motion animation sequences about a little Mozambican boy, Fiel, who is growing up during the Civil War. Just as any child, he plays games, draws pictures and falls into the typical mischief with his five brothers. However, unlike other children he is made of guns. As the Civil war transforms homes of civilians into military strongholds; children into soldirers; memories into nightmares; little Fiel’s body has metamorphosed into a skeleton of AK-47 parts. Fiel soon finds himself living alone in the dilapidated house, while two of his brothers fighting on opposite sides. The only thing that saves Fiel from isolation, starvation and madness is his drawings.

Little Fiel is based on life story of Fiel dos Santos who was born in 1972 in Maputo, Mozambique. Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal in 1975 and was soon embroiled in a horrific Civil War that lasted from 1977 to 1992, fueled by foreign interventions (USSR and USA among others). The two opposite forces were the Marxist FRELIMO regime and the anti-Communist RENAMO rebel militants. During the war, with two brothers fighting on opposite sides, Fiel was left to live by himself at the age of 14. It was then that he started exchanging artwork for food. Today Fiel is a renowned artist; he has created all puppets for the animation from decommissioned guns and will narrate the film.