Doclisboa at Há Filmes na Baixa!

During January, Doclisboa in partnership with Porto/Post/Doc, presents six films premiered in both festivals. The sessions happen in the context of the cycle Há Filmes na Baixa!, at Cinema Passos Manuel, in Porto.

The programme includes the winners of Doclisboa’18: Greetings from Free Forests, by Ian Soroka, winner of the International Competition (screened on the January 30 at 22h) and Terra, by Hiroatsu Suzuki and Rossana Torres, winner of the Portuguese Competition (screened on the January 25 at 22h).

The international winner of the 2018 edition of Porto/Post/Doc will also be screened: The Kamagasaki Cauldron war, by Leo Sato, on the January 31 at 22h.

The programme begins with the screening of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary Monrovia, Indiana on January 16, followed by The Silence of Others by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar and produced by Pedro Almodóvar, on the day after, January 17. This latter portrays the ongoing struggle of the resistance against the Franco dictatorship, accompanying victims and survivors of the regime.

On January 24, José Barahona’s Clandestine Soul will be screened. An important and urgent film about Maria Auxiliadora Lara Barcelos (1945-1976), also known as Dorinha, a medical student, idealist and resistant to the military dictatorship imposed in Brazil.


The full programme:


January 16 | 22h00
Monrovia, Indiana
Frederick Wiseman, USA, 2018, 144′

Monrovia, Indiana (population 1,400), founded in 1834, is primarily a farming community. The film explores the conflicting stereotypes and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived. It gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life, with emphasis on community organizations and institutions, and provides some understanding of a rural, mid-American way of life.


January 17 | 22h00
The Silence of Others
Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar, USA / Spain / Croatia, 2018, 96′

The Silence of Others reveals the urgent and ongoing struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the ground-breaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.


January 24 | 22h00
Clandestine Soul
José Barahona, Brazil, 2018, 100′

Maria Auxiliadora Lara Barcelos was a political activist, who fought against the Brazilian dictatorship in the 1960s. She was arrested, tortured and banned from Brazil. She committed suicide, in Berlin, in 1976. Alma Clandestina is a biography, and also an immersion in the complexity of her soul, clandestine throughout a big part of her life.


January 25 | 22h00
Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres, Portugal, 2018, 60′

Somewhere in the Alentejo there are two great ovens covered in dirt where a man makes charcoal. Essential elements like fire, water, air, earth and space reflect, breath and celebrate the rhythm of the Earth.


January 30 | 22h00
Greetings From Free Forests
Ian Soroka, USA / Slovenia / Croatia, 2018, 99′

Drifting through the densely forested landscape of southern Slovenia, the film encounters stories that emerge from the land itself, measuring the gap between an event of popular resistance and its lingering remains within a foreclosed present.


January 31 | 22h00
The Kamagasaki Cauldron War
Leo Sato, France / Japan, 2018, 115′

An authentic portrait, démodée and humorous, of the Japanese society, with in all its singularities. A fiction du réel in which a town’s inhabitants become actors in a satirical – narrative about their own struggles against oppression.The director captures and applies some of the artistic traditions of Japan’s, shooting the film in 16mm in remembrance of the country’s historic cinema, and constantly evoking a praise of shadows, such as in theatre Nô theatre.