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Giant Little Choppers: Mozambique’s Helicopter Boy | Culture and arts


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A Mozambican boy who builds life-size models of helicopters and cars out of wire and cardboard has ambitions.

Luciano Armindo is an intelligent 12-year-old boy who is passionate about engineering and has a remarkable hobby: he collects pieces of cardboard and wires, and designs and builds models of helicopters and Life-size car outside his house in southern Mozambique.

In Giant Little Choppers, filmmaker JJ Nota follows the budding engineer and his brother as they create remarkable replicas of themselves.

Luciano hopes to one day turn his scrap models into real-life vehicles, or even space rockets, and his engineering dreams are pinned on a possible scholarship.

JJ Nota is a Mozambican filmmaker and co-founder of Afrocinemakers, a film incubation project. His 2020 film, Ontogenesis, won a national short film competition and was shown internationally at film festivals. Since then, he has made other award-winning short films.

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