You Can’t Live With Your Mouth Shut


1999 / 29 minutes

Directed by
João Nicolau
Country of production
United Kingdom
Granada Center for Visual Anthropology Student Film

Cape Verde is an archipelago situated 500km off the West Coast of Africa. On the island of Santiago lives Mano Mendi, the last player of cimboa, a one-string violin used to accompany the traditional batuque music. Through the portrait of Mano Mendi and the learning experience of To, a music teacher in the capital city Praia, the film shows us how this music is rooted in the rhythms of everyday life.

Language and subtitles
Original Language with English Subtitles
West Africa
Cape Verde
Music / Ethnomusicology