“The whistle man” was a typical character of the Portuguese sea-side during the Fascist Portugal. His story has so many versions that he has become a myth: A poor crazy man who lost his baby girl, a professional homeless who lived from the charity of rich families, a pedofile or a summer father Christmas. His whistle announced his arrival and attracted boys and girls or made them run away. Last year I found 30 seconds of footage of this man which until then was just a memory. Is he more real now?
“O Homem do apito” era um personagem que vagueava as praias portuguesas durante o Estado Novo, e que vivia da caridade dos banhistas. De barbas brancas e fato preto ou branco atraía crianças com o seu apito ao pescoço e contava-lhes histórias. A partir de vários filmes de família construí um retrato ficcional deste personagem misterioso e através dele quis explorar o espaço sensorial da praia. (Catarina Mourão)
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