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Filipa César
Portugal, Germany, France, Guinea Bissau | 2017 | Doc. | 96’ | Sub. PT/EN

Thursday / 27.09.2018 / 22:30 / Cinema Passos Manuel / Portuguese Abroad 1


An archive of film and audio material in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruin, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amílcar Cabral, the liberation leader who was assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes, as well as many allies, Filipa César imagines a journey where in this fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel, with which to look through. Digitised in Berlin and screened at various locations – in what would come to resemble a transnational itinerant cinema – the archive convokes debates, storytelling and forecasts. From their screening in isolated villages in Guinea-Bissau to European capitals, the silent reels are now a place from which people may search for antidotes to a world in crisis.


Born in 1975 in Porto, Portugal. She is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. In her work she is interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, the fictional dimensions of the documentary, and the economies, politics, and poetics inherent to cinema praxis. The work of Filipa César is widely shown in solo and group exhibitions, biennials, and festivals.

Film Details

DIRECTING: Filipa César
SCRIPT: Sana na N’Hada
DOP: Jenny Lou Ziegel
PRODUCTION: Filipa César, Maria João Mayer, Olivier Marboeuf

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