The Big Shout

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Poo Productions has recently finished production of The Big Shout, a 25-minute documentary which follows Massukos to the UK and explores their music and development work. It is at once uplifting and desperately poignant and the pertinent messages of what Massukos are fighting for are delivered with impact.

It's July 2005 and African music stars Massukos arrive in the UK from Mozambique. They have been invited by the UK band Empty Boat to take part in the Make Poverty History campaign and contribute to the unprecedented focus on Africa, which centres around the G8 leaders conference in Gleneagles. The Make Poverty History campaign is focusing on Africa in a bid to persuade politicians to make real commitments to Africa in terms of increasing aid, cancelling crippling debt and reviewing trade agreements.

Water, sanitation and hygiene practice are some of the gravest challenges facing Africa, and the film explores how Massukos are contributing to raising awareness of these issues through their music. They take their powerful message to more than 100,000 people at the Make Poverty History Rally, as well as to the BBC Africa Live event at the British Museum and UNICEF's C8 Children's conference. During the tour they also record their new album Bumping.

Their two-week stay is a packed schedule of radio shows, interviews and high-profile gigs. Along the way they meet with Gordon Brown MP, Sir Bob Geldof, Rolf Harris, Charlie Gillett and many others. Feliciano dos Santos, the band leader, also delivers a petition on behalf of WaterAid to Tony Blair at Number 10 in advance of the G8 summit. Given the imperative for the G8 group of world leaders to start making a real difference in the African continent, Massukos were right on message.

This powerful and moving documentary following their eventful tour features wall-to-wall music from this exceptional band. It culminates on a tragic note with the devastating London terrorist bombings of July 7th 2005. Since Mozambique also suffered many years of terrorism during their 17-year civil war, the film's ending is a stark reminder of the intrinsic link between poverty and terrorism.

If you are interested in this film, please contact Poo Productions.