I grew up in Swaziland with my parents José and Moira Forjaz, my father is an architect and my mother a photographer and filmmaker.
In 1975 we moved to Mozambique where I went to school until leaving for Europe in 1986 to further my studies. After A'levels in London I started film school at Columbia College Chicago graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Film&Video.
When I was young I met Jean Luc Godard, he was in Mozambique giving a course on Film and Television. Even though I was young I knew who he was and I already knew I wanted to make movies.
I was an avid reader of the American Cinematographer magazine, that my mother subscribed to.I remember filming with her Super 8mm camera and taking photographs with her Nikon and Hasselblad cameras, and going to the cinema at every opportunity with my friends, at that time mostly Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns which we would see over and over again.
During my last year of film school just before graduation, when I was 24, I made my first short feature film called "Mississe", a story based on a short story writen by acclaimed Mozambican writer Mia Couto. It was shot on an Arri Super 16mm using Fuji stock, and staring Mozambican actor Mario Mabjaia, the music was produced by Mingo Rangel and one of the tracks was sang by acclaimed Luso-Mozambican singer Mariza. The film was later blown up to 35mm and was shown at several film festival around the world.
Shortly after that, I worked as second Assistant Director on a feature film called "Tempest on Earth" staring Portuguese actress Maria de Madeiros.
Later I was invited to work for Mozambican Television by João Ribeiro, which I did for 19 months as Director of Planing for the Production Department. Later I was offered the chance to shoot six half hour documentaries for Ebano Multimedia, directed by Orlando Mesquita and Licinio de Azevedo.
In the following years I worked on many documentaries with Licinio. I shot "The Bridge", about the construction of a bridge in the central Manica province, near the Binga mountain which won the Golden Dhow for Best Documentary Video at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2002 and also received a Honorable Mention at the at the Serra da Estrela VIII International Festival for Film and Video in 2002, and "Clay Hands" that was shot in Maputo and in the northern Province of Cabo Delgado, about the accalimed Mozambican ceramist Reinata Sadimba. I also was the First Assistant Director for the feature film "Desobedience" directed by Licinio, that won the Silver FIPA at the Biaritz International Film Festival in 2003. I also shot and edited a documentary about Corridor Sands that was directed by Licinio de Azevedo.
In 2001 I started to work more independently, slowly building up my production studio, with camera and editing equipment, and post production facilities consisting of three edit suites, a sound booth for voice recording and a meeting room.
I have worked on various International productions like Michael Mann's "ALI" staring Will Smith, as the personal Assistant to the Art Director. On "The Interpreter" by Syndey Pollack and staring Nikole Kidman, "Blood Diamond" staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Directed by Edward Zwick, "Catch a Fire" directed by Philip Noyce, "Black Water Transit" directed by Tony Kaye, and on the Unicef Public Service Announcements "Say YES for Children" campaign created by the award-winning ad agency TBWA and Oscar-winning director Hugh Hudson, and with the special partecipation of Nelson Mandela.
In South Africa I worked with acclaimed South African director Laurence Hamburger on 3 short films for Discovery Channel as the Director of Photography having also edited two. I also was B camera on an MTN commercial also directed by Mr.Hamburger.
I edited 'MANGROVE- TIDAL ROOTS' (55'). A film on the endangered mangrove ecosystems of Mozambique. This won the prize for the Best Environmental Education film of the festival at CINE ECO 2005, Seia, Portugal, directed by British filmmaker James Ewen.
I have Produced and Directed 2 television series for the Foundation for the Development of the Comunity headed by Mrs.Graça Machel, one called "Check it out", which was six 45 minute episodes, and "Stories of Hope" that was forty five episodes that ran 15 minutes each.
I Directing and Producing 10 documentaries for John Hopkins University, having already completed 7. I copleted a short film with Mozambican Director Mickey Fonseca, on which I was the Director of Photography and Co-Producer and Editor. I shot this on my RED One camera. The film is called "Mahla" and you can watch it now at my company site MahlaFilmes.com I Have shot and edited a film for Nwety (24 min)."Traidos pela Traição" which you can also view at my company site MahlaFilmes.comI Have have produced, shot and edited 4 short films for Nwety. MahlaFilmes.com
"Dina" won the Best Short Film at the Bujumbura Int. Film Fest. I was a producer, DOP, and editor on this project.