13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

  • Portugal
  • Brazil
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Taking its title from the poem by Wallace Stevens 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is composed of a series of attempts of looking and being looked at. Beginning as a city state commission under the name and attitude of Unschool, the film became a kaleidoscope of the experiences, questions and wonders of a couple of high school students after a year of experiences with filmmaker Ana Vaz questioning what cinema can be. Here, the camera becomes an instrument of inquiry, a pencil, a song. "The film is a song you can see" wrote one of the students in a collective constellation of phrases and drawings made during one of the workshops. The phrase is a perfect description of a film that explores a nascent ecology of the senses.


  • Original title
    13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Ana Vaz, Vera Amaral, Mário Neto, Paula Nascimento
  • Editing
    Ana Vaz
  • Sound
    Mário Neto, Nuno da Luz, Catarina Boieiro, Ana Vaz
  • Duration
    32 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
    • Brazil
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Ana Vaz
      • Brazil
      • Stenar Projects

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