Lotus Film Goa

Featured Documentary


62 min | 2018

Director | Nalini Elvino de Sousa


An unlikely yet indelible friendship is forged between two opposite characters: an Indian journalist and intellectual; and an African male nurse, who would later become the most charismatic African leader of his time. This friendship would change the course of History and forge the guiding path for their followers. In 1986 death claims them both in a tragic accident – a case yet to be solved. This is their story.

Selected for Great Lakes State Film Festival, USA, 2020

Selected for Chambal International Film Festival, Rajasthan, India, 2020

Selected for Jakarta International Humanitarian & Culture awards, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2019

Selected for History Film Festival, Rijeka, Croatia, 2019

Selected for Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2018

Won Award of Merit in the category “Liberation/social justice/Protest” at Accolade Global Film Competition, 2018

17th August 2022 – Casa do Professor, Maputo, Mozambique

6th July 2021 – TV Cine

23rd and 26th June 2021 – TV Cine

June 2021 – 2nd Mostra de Cinema Português, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal

27th May 2021 – TV Cine

9th and 19th October 2019 – Portuguese Television RTP2, Portugal

19th July 2019 – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, FCSH- UNL, Portugal

28th June 2019 – Café ‘Dona, Aldona, Goa, India

4th March 2019 – organized by Thus, Assagao, Goa, India

14th January 2019 – Museum of Goa, Goa, India

7th December 2018 – Goa Art and Literary Festival, Goa, India

24th September 2018 – Dar Es Salaam University during the “Asia-Africa New Axis of Knowledge” conference, Tanzania

26th October 2018 – Fortaleza, Maputo, Mozambique

19th October 2018 – Cinema Scala, Maputo, Mozambique

11th October 2018 – Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique

18th July 2018 – Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Goa, India

9th July 2018 – Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique

Director| Nalini Elvino de Sousa

Producers| Nalini Elvino de Sousa Jacinta Barros Rui Simões

Sript| Nalini Elvino de Sousa Shaira Sequeira Shetty

Camera| John Lino

Camera assistants| Emidio Josine Gasper D’Souza

Drone| Agnelo Lobo

Sound| Chester Misquitta

Editor| Gasper D’Souza

Animation| Sofia Ferreira

Colour correction| Francisco Costa

Make up| Sagar Haldankar

Chess consultant| Shrikant Bharve

Man at the Crossroad| Sushant Figueiredo

Man at the typewriter| Ave Cleto Afonso

Man playing chess| João Proença

Scene at the hospital| Anne Fernandes Priya Sawant

Catering| Kathi Junction

Radio voice in Portuguese| André Torres

Radio voice in English| Shaun Jeffery

Paintings and drawings| Vamona Navelkar

Music| Goa University choir

Musical director| Santiago Lusardi Girelli

what are people saying

The images in the film SPECIAL ENVOY are poetic. The camera frames the captured objects, giving a certain abstract sense to the images, even replacing the interest in the objects shown with the way they are presented. With this choice, Nalini expresses her emotional side with the narrative through the shots, true works of art.
Paulo Guambe
Jornalist, Mozambique
It is a beautiful and highly informative cinematographic tribute to the African Revolutionary of Goan origin, Aquino de Bragança, who, unlike many, sided with the African people in their struggle to the end of his tragic death. Thank you, Nalini. African Revolutionaries of Goan origin, like Aquino de Bragança, Sitta Valles (of Angola), and Pio Gama Pinto (of Kenya), exemplify the Progressive International fight! Nationalist Goan tradition, which must not be forgotten when Neo-liberal Capitalism says there are no alternatives. All these Goan Revolutionaries who never sought power for themselves but served the People. A luta continua; vitória é certa.
John Pinto
, Beira