Second Film Cycle WOMANART

Second Film Cycle WOMANART– Women, Arts and Dictatorship

Venue: Lúcio Craveiro da Silva Library,

Thursdays, at 21.00 p.m.

Press Release:

Highlights of the Second WOMANART Film Cycle:

After effects and Impact of Dictatorships

The film cycle will take place from the 27th February to the 16th April, in Braga, at the library Lúcio Craveiro da Silva.

After a first cycle mostly devoted to films by Portuguese women which addressed the “Estado Novo” dictatorship, this second cycle will exhibit films by women directors from Brazil and Portuguese speaking African countries, either dealing with the Brazilian military dictatorship or with the consequences of the last (and violent) stage of Portuguese colonialism, under Salazar’s regime. 

The forthcoming film cycle will include films by Margarida Cardoso, Diana Andringa, Luciana Fina, Lúcia Murat e Danielle Gaspar/ Krishna Tavares. The selected films explore issues related to collective memory, identity and trauma as instances of the after effects ensuing from the repressive politics implemented by both the Portuguese “Estado Novo” (including its colonial policies in the “overseas provinces”) and the military dictatorship in Brazil.

Guest commentators:

Luís Carlos Patraquim

Luandino Vieira

Diana Andringa

Luciana Fina

Vítor Ribeiro (Film curator of Casa das Artes de Famalicão)

Laís Natalino

The Film Cycle is organized by the GAPS research group, (CEHUM)  within the frame of the project WOMANART Mulheres, Artes e Ditadura. Os casos de Portugal, Brasil e Países Africanos de Língua Portuguesa (sponsored by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology PTDC/ART-OUT/28051/2017.

Contacts: Joana Passos jfvpassos@gmail.com;

               Laís Natalino laisnatalino@ilch.uminho.pt

Sessions:

27th February 2020: Kuxa Kanema (2003, Director: Margarida Cardoso)

5th March 2020: Tarrafal – Memórias da Morte Lenta (2011, Director: Diana Andringa)

12th March: Terceiro Andar (2016, Director: Luciana Fina) Postponed because of Covid 19

2nd April: Que Bom te Ver Viva (1989, Director: Lúcia Murat) Postponed because of Covid 19

16 th April: Atrás de Portas Fechadas (2014, Directors: Danielle Gaspar and Krishna Tavares) Postponed because of Covid 19

27th February 2020: Kuxa Kanema (2003, Director: Margarida Cardoso)

Film synopsis: After the independence of Mozambique in 1975, the new elected president, Samora Machel, created the National Institute of Cinema (INC), as part of the country’s cultural policies. With the support of mobile units, the INC travelled throughout the country to exhibit a national news service – called “Kuxa Kanema” – as a film projection. The name of this news service means “the birth of cinema”. This documentary film revisits the history of INC, from its foundation to current decadence.

5th March 2020: Tarrafal – Memórias da Morte Lenta (2011, Director: Diana Andringa)

Film synopsis: This documentary film revisits the memories of the Portuguese Edmundo Pedro, one of thetwo surviving prisoners from the first phase of the concentration camp Tarrafal, in the island of Santiago, in Cape Verde. The camp was also known as the site of “slow death” and it was created by the Portuguese government during the Estado Novo dictatorship. It was built after the model of Nazi concentration camps, and it was used to put awayPortuguese political dissidents as well as pro-independence activists from Angola, Guiné-Bissau and Cape Verde.

12th March: Terceiro Andar(2016, Director: Luciana Fina)Postponed because of Covid 19

Film synopsis: In which language shall you tell the tales you were told? In which language should you write a love declaration? Historical district of Lisbon, “Colonial Neighbourhood”, Fatumata and Aissato, mother and first-born child of a big family from Guiné-Bissau discuss love and happiness. Everyday around seven o’clock in the afternoon, a rhythmic sound, like a beating heart, reverberates throughout the building, from the third floor to the fifth. The sound echoes through the stairwell, through walls, doors and corridors, inhabits homes, kitchens and inner yards.

2nd April: Que Bom te Ver Viva (1989, Director: Lúcia Murat) Postponed because of Covid 19

Film synopsis: A set of women who were former political prisoners of the Brazilian Military Dictatorship reflect on their ability to have survived torture and imprisonment, telling of the suffering and trauma they endured. The film combined witness statements with a fictional monologue weaved after memories narrated by these brave women.

16 th April: Atrás de Portas Fechadas (2014, Directors: Danielle Gaspar and Krishna Tavares) Postponed because of Covid 19

Film synopsis: This film is a research on factors influencing women’s political and ideological beliefs during the Military Dictatorship in Brazil. While women from leftist organisations fought to have a politically interventive role against oppression, women from right wing elites only left their domestic world provisionally, to defend their lifestyle from the communist threat. These diverse degrees of commitment were very important for the overall debate on women’s behavior and condition within Brazilian society.