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Filipa César in person! Film Series : Conversations at the Edge Fall 2019

Spell Reel

2017, Filipa César, Germany/Guinea-Bissau, 96 min.

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Show Times

  • Thu, Nov 14th 6:00pm

The genre-bending work of Portuguese artist Filipa César takes up the legacies of European colonialism, focusing on moments and movements of resistance. In 2012, she began investigating a trove of footage documenting Guinea-Bissau’s war of independence from Portugal in the 1960s and 1970s. Long thought to be lost, these films mark the birth of a national cinema and the aesthetic strategy of decolonization under revolutionary leader Amílcar Cabral. In collaboration with two of the surviving filmmakers, Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes, César digitized and toured the material across Europe and Africa. SPELL REEL juxtaposes the original revolutionary films with footage from these events to offer a collaborative reflection on Guinea-Bissau’s history and a prismatic vision for its future. Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Video Data Bank. DCP digital. (Amy Beste)

Filipa César is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.