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, 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 for free!


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