Scene from the film Russa


  • Portugal
  • Brazil
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Russa returns to Bairro do Aleixo in Porto, visiting her sister and friends with whom she celebrates her son’s birthday. In this brief reunion, Russa returns to the collective memory of her neighbourhood where three of the five towers still remain standing.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr., Renée Nader Messora, Germano Melo
  • DOP
    Renée Nader Messora
  • Editing
    João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr.
  • Sound
    Léo Bortolin
  • Duration
    20 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
    • Brazil
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Berlinale
    • Hamburg International Short Film Festival
    • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festiva
    • Macao International Documentary Film Festival
    • Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil
    • Makedox - Creative Documentary Film Festival
    • São Paulo International Short Film Festival
    • Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden
    • International Festival of Documentary and Short Films of Bilbao, Spain
    • Glasgow Short Film Festival
    • MDOC - Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival, Portugal
  • Awards
    • Arvore da Vida Award for Best Portuguese Film - IndieLisboa
    • Team Work Award - Stuttgarter Filmwinter is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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