Portuguese Documentary Polyphony Back at DAFilms

From February 15 to 28, you can watch 6 remarkable Portuguese documentary films on our portal for free. They were all premiered at Doclisboa and they represent 6 auteur voices and specific atmospheres.

Doclisboa, a festival held in the fall in Lisbon, presents an annual selection of world cinema as well as national documentary films in a section with a [Portuguese focus] (http://doclisboa.org/2015/en/edicao-actual/seccoes/competicao-portuguesa/). The section deals with Portuguese films regardless of length or form. The next edition (held on October 20 to 30) is still far ahead, however, you can try out the quality of Portuguese cinema now already – for free at DAFilms. We are continuing the Portuguese harvest from November 2015. This time we present 6 films. Watch them!

“Prune me in January / Tie me up in February / Dig me up in March / And you’ll see what I’ll do to you.” With this popular saying, Raul Domingues invites us to watch his film Blue Flower.

In Metaphor or Sadness Inside Out, a young man from Lisbon writes to his sister, a filmmaker living in London. He confesses that nine years after their mother died, he feels an emptiness in his life. Her answer is a film intended to fill that gap. The brother describes his nostalgia for a time when he wasn’t even born yet, a past that seems lost. It is their mother’s past, the time of the Portuguese revolution, which reconciled a country that was internally fractured. Today, that feeling of freedom is hard to grasp for a post-revolutionary generation living through the euro crisis. Can you film yourself backwards in time? asks the director Catarina Vasconcelos.

Looms is a film by Mónica Baptista. It focuses on the construction of the Castelo de Bode Dam which began in 1945. By the new reservoir we now meet three women born in the 1940s, who still carry out one of the most ancient human crafts – weaving. The mysterious and pathetic character of life, the events of the subconscious and the mutations of the environmental landscape intertwine with the loom’s back and forth.

João from João’s Nightmare still lives at home with his parents. With absolutely no idea what to do with his life, he leaves the city centre to hang out in the outskirts. The abandoned factory where he spends his days is the lingering echo of a better past. What lies ahead seems worse as João comes face to face with the failure of youth.

In 2066, a survivor of an enigmatic cult recounts his country’s traumatic history and the events leading to the rise and fall of the cult. Ghosts from 2014 and before appear as witnesses. Snakeskin, part dream documentary, part city symphony traces the lineage of oppression as inscribed in Singapore’s landscape and collective unconscious.

A journey through the memories of Sonja André, an adventurer from the 20th century who lives in a shelter she built herself on the island of Motu Maeva. Without following a chronological order or a specific route, her memories take shape bringing back major events and small anecdotes, a trip, or a map, following an unceasing movement. From Chad to Indochina to Tahiti; then a short break, a moment of peace, a song, and then off again to a place and a story that took place a few years later, or maybe before. A total freedom, only images captured in Super-8 film between the 1950s and 1970s, and the voice-over of a woman whose civil status and secret wounds we’ll never fully know.

Selected films

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