Mozambique’s first ever entry to the Academy Awards tells the epic tale of Rosa, a young and hopeful nurse, and Taiar, an idealistic soldier, as they brave the treacherous train journey from northern Mozambique to Malawi during the Mozambican Civil War of the 1980s. The train, under military guard, must transport its passengers and goods 200 miles through guerrilla-held territory. It is the most dangerous railway in the world and, as rivalries form between the soldiers and friendships between the passengers, violence looms both on board and from the insurgents outside. But amidst the threat of imminent battle, romance blossoms and life goes on. Based on historical events and set in exquisite landscapes, Train of Salt and Sugar is an often harrowing, sometimes magical and comedic, journey aboard a train that carries hundreds of unknown heroes.