Private Project

PANDZA Land Short

Story Series “Pandza Land” - Country Portrait Mozambique (sociocultural)

Ten stories expressed through various media
Topics: Human interest journalism

PANDZA Land is a German-Mozambican collaboration, each story focusing on distinct facets and individual experiences of life in PAIS DO PANDZA.

N° 1 Cover Story, PANDZA Land, DE/ MZ 2019
short version of the original documentary

PANDZA is a Mozambican expression.
„Das dificuldades, fazer oportunidades - Turning challenges into opportunities.“ PANDZA Land focuses on the realities and relationship between PAIS DO PANDZA and the popular Mozambican style of music. The everyday expression came to be what it is through the music. It means to mix and involve one’s self. PANDZA is mixing global and traditional rhythms in English, Portuguese and regional languages. The lyrics play with events of everyday life.

PANDZA Land conveys the story of a place through its music. Concept and filming were kindly supported by the musicians of REPÚBLICA DO PANDZA and the young dancers OS BONECOS. This project was as much experimental as it was fun, capturing a moment in time in a country that is thriving on the joyful optimism of its people.

  • Heike Roch
  • Heike Roch
  • Heike Roch
  • Tomás Django - content adviser
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    story series, portrait, human interest stories
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 22, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    23,98 FPS
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Live screenings in Maputo - Teatro Avenida, European Union Week-Mozambique, Ciclo de Cinema Europeu, CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Fundação Fernando Leite Couto, Volare Maputo
  • Ethnografilm Paris
    April 17, 2019
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cabo Verde International Film Festival (CVIFF)
    Santa Maria
    Cape Verde
    October 19, 2019
    Cabo Verde International Film Festival (CVIFF)
  • Malabo International Music & Film Festival
    Equatorial Guinea
    March 4, 2020
  • DOCfeed - Documentary Festival Eindhoven
    February 16, 2020
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Heike Roch
    Country: Mozambique
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Heike Roch

Heike Kirsten Roch studied fashion design in Berlin and São Paulo. Through the end of 80's she lived in Rome, till 2012 in Hamburg and Berlin. She worked for creative agencies and editors, designing trend- and forecast products. She studied journalism out of personal interest in a further form of expressionism and travelled through Brazil and Belize. Since 2013 Heike Roch has been working in the culture area in Maputo, Mozambique as a journalist, author and director.

PANDZA LAND is referring to a different life in a different reality. The idea inspired by the time of idealism of the Techno and House scene of the 90's in Berlin, Germany, coming up now remixed in Mozambican style. PANDZA LAND is comprised of a series of short films, live performances and printed materials.

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Director Statement

"Everything you know is wrong"
iD Magazine advertising, 1995