The Lady of Chandor

  • Portugal
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Thirty-five years after it’s independence from the Portuguese colonial rule, Goa is definitely a state of many contrasts. Together with a strong migrating Hindu population, there is still a Portuguese speaking minority which seems somewhat frozen in nostalgia and kept in a strange time limbo. Aida, the Lady of Chandor, lives alone in Goa. At 82 years of age she devotes each day to caring for her beautiful old house, a house which has survived three centuries of Portuguese colonial rule. Without the Lady of Chandor the house will die. Without the house Aida would loose her reason for living. But inside this house time moves in a magical way and both the house and the Lady of Chandor seem immortal.



  • Original title
    A Dama de Chandor
  • Direction
  • Duration
    93 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • The film was broadcasted by RTP (Portuguese Public Television) and was selected for the International Film Festival of Cape Verde (June 1999), The International Film Festival of Bahia, Brazil (September, 1999), International Documentary Film Festival of Malaposta, Portugal, (November 1998) the International Ethnographic Film Festival of Belgrade (October 1999), the Torino Film Festival (December 1999) and the Gottingham International Ethnographic Film festival (May 2000), Festival of Women Creators of the two seas (Greece, September 2000); Festival of Ethnographic Film, London (December 2000).Festival du Nouveau Cinema et des Nouveaux Medias, Montréal, October 2002.
  • Awards
    • Award for Best Documentary in the IX International Documentary Film Festival of Malaposta, Lisbon, November 1998 , the Best Script Award at the VIIIth International Ethnographic Film Festival of Belgrade, September 1999 and the prize for Cinema Revelation by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Prémio Aurélio da Paz dos Reis.


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