Doclisboa ´13 between Political and Artistic Engagement
The youngest member of Europe’s Doc Alliance, Portuguese Doclisboa festival, has successfully concluded its 11th edition on Sunday, November 3. Shortly after, it addresses international audiences through DAFilms.com, offering 6 short and 6 feature-length documentary films representing a selection of the best of the 2012 Portuguese competition in the week from November 4 to 10 for free.
An active interconnection of personal and political life has been the main characteristic of Doclisboa, Portugal’s largest festival, since its founding in 2002. The long-term objective of the festival’s programming is to screen films revealing the background of political and social problems while providing new ways of perceiving the surrounding world. As festival organizers explain: “We see the close connection of the artistic and political world as a certain way of expressing freedom. We want to introduce films that can help us understand the world we live in and enable us to discover the possible sources of its transformation.”
An account of the relation between personal behaviour and power struggle within the boundaries of a national state, a community and a family microcosm; such are the themes of the selection of 12 Portuguese films from the 2012 local competition of short and feature-length documentaries. What are the feelings of Portuguese emigrants who are going back to their native country? What is everyday life at a Portuguese village like, with its isolation, far away from modern cities and global civilization? See the Portugal of today through the eyes of its most talented filmmakers from November 4 to 10 at DAFilms.com for free!
Films for the event
Aux bains de la reine (Orig.) / 2012 / Switzerland / 37 min
Elsa returns to her homeland, Caldas da Rainha, in Portugal to meet her mother. Through this little adventure, we discover the city and the mysterious activities of its inhabitants, as well as elements of Elsa's family history. A crossed impressionist portrait is woven, temporalities become confused, and dreams mingle with reality.
Cativeiro (Orig.) / 2012 / Portugal / 63 min
To be captive is to be confined, both in space and in time. The captive one is not only and necessarily a prisoner, but becomes an inherent part of that space, his identity being continually projected on it. The captivity space itself is in turn not inert; it is rather characterized by whomever it contains, it is shaped by that experience.