Capable Partners Program Mozambique: Quebrando Barreiras

About the Films

Over a year ago, the Capable Partners Program (CAP) Mozambique decided to expand the HIV prevention tools available to local organizations facilitating community discussions about HIV. Among these tools was the Quebrando Barreiras (Breaking Barriers) series. Four short films, based on real-life situations, depict barriers that may prevent Mozambicans from adopting safe sexual behaviors. The barriers dealt with include multiple and concurrent partnerships, intergenerational sex, alcohol abuse, issues with interpersonal relationships (both familial and romantic), gender-based violence, disclosure of HIV status, and perceptions of masculinity.

CAP Mozambique is implemented by FHI 360 and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The contents are the responsibility of FHI 360/CAP and any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these films do not necessarily reflect those of USAID, PEPFAR or the United States Government.

All Videos in the 'Quebrando Barreiras' Series

Click on the titles of the films to watch them on the AIDSTAR-One Vimeo account. All films are subtitled in English. Video 1, Uma Prenda Especial (A Special Gift) is also available to watch below:

Uma Prenda Especial (A Special Gift)

This film deals with condom negotiation and the importance of using condoms during sex for protection against HIV, even in exclusive relationships.

Jú and Zé Maria, a young couple who have just begun their relationship, go to the beach to celebrate Zé Maria's birthday. They both want to have sex, but Jú asks Zé Maria to wear a condom to be safe. Ze Maria accuses Jú of not trusting him and says she should be able to tell that he's HIV negative just by looking at him. They argue, but Jú refuses to have unprotected sex. The video ends as Zé Maria, disappointed, walks away from Jú.

pdf Portuguese transcript (PDF, 57 KB) available.

Escondidos (Hidden)

This film deals with HIV status disclosure, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and the importance of trust in relationships.

Lucinda and Tomé, a young married couple, are expecting a child. Both of them are HIV positive and aware of their status, but neither knows that the other is also living with the virus. Each of them agonizes over whether to tell the other and ultimately decide to for the good of their relationship and their child; however, as Tomé begins to tell Lucinda, she goes into labor, and they have to go to the hospital.

pdf Portuguese transcript (PDF, 53 KB) available.

As Irmãs da Búzi (The Sisters from Búzi)

This film deals with the moral and emotional implications of multiple and concurrent relationships as well as the HIV risk associated with them.

Two sisters, Esperança and Bia, are in need of work and want to leave their village. Their cousin Lara, who lives in a nearby city, offers to let them stay with her and work as maids for a friend of hers. Once there, they discover that she is in a relationship with an older married man, Henrique, who supports her. Lara tells them that she will introduce them both to Henrique's friends, who will do the same for them. Bia is excited, but Esperança is dismayed, and the film ends as she tries to decide what to do.

pdf Portuguese transcript (PDF, 63 KB) available.

Titios (Sugar Daddies)

This film deals with both multiple and concurrent relationships and 'sugar daddy' relationships (in which older men give young girls presents and money in exchange for sex).

Tobias has had a crush on Benilde, a friend of his sister's, for a long time. However, she is already involved with an older man who buys her clothing and other presents, and won't tell Tobias who he is. Eventually, Tobias finds out that Benilde's 'sugar daddy' is his own father. He tells his mother, who confronts his father, and it is uncertain whether or not they will stay together when the film ends.

pdf Portuguese transcript (PDF, 60 KB) available.