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22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Zabaltegi - Tabakalera
Filipa César, Olivier Marboeuf
Foto: Gorka Estrada
Olivier Marboeuf
Foto: Gorka Estrada
Filipa César, Olivier Marboeuf
Foto: Gorka Estrada
Filipa César
Foto: Gorka Estrada

In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruination, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amí­lcar Cabral, the liberation leader assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N'Hada and Flora Gomes, and many allies, Filipa César imagines a journey where the fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel to look through. Digitised in Berlin, screened and live commented, the archive convokes debates, storytelling, and forecasts. From isolated villages in Guinea-Bissau to European capitals, the silent reels are now the place from where people search for antidotes for a world in crisis.

BIOGRAPHY

Filipa César (Oporto, 1975) is an artist and filmmaker interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, the fictional dimensions of the documentary and the economies, politics and poetics inherent to cinema praxis. Since 2011, César has been researching the origins of cinema in Guinea-Bissau, developing that research into the collective project Luta ca caba inda (The struggle is not over yet). She was a participant of the research projects Living Archive and Visionary Archive, both organised by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin.

CAST & CREW
Director
Filipa César
Screenplay
Filipa César
Production
Spectre Productions
Olivier Marboeuf
Photography
Jenny Lou Ziegel
Edition
Filipa César
Music
None
Format
Betacam digital
Sales
NA
Running Time
96 m.
Country
France
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