To produce images, to recognize the other, to reinvent memory. Although these are mainly functions of mental processes, cinema appears as an externalization of them, namely through the construction and representation of identities, whether through the identification of oneself in oneself, of oneself in us, or of us in us: an individual who, without ever filming himself, creates and recollects the images of his daily life and his condition; a community that, by registering its habits and customs, guarantees it a certain preservation in the collective memory; or even a state that wants to build itself an image and a speech. In an increasingly globalized world, in which identities are reconstituted in each moment, the pertinence of national cinematographies, the possibility of cinema as a tool of identity resistance in oppressed communities, as well as the faint boundaries between the representation of alterity and the fetishization of the Other, will be here discussed.
Christiana Perschon (director)
Christiana Perschon is a filmmaker and artist based in Vienna, Austria. Graduated by the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna in Art and Cinema, she has worked to the Österreichische Mediathek (audiovisual Austrian archive), she was a curator in Austrian Film Museum and she was a researcher in the Institute Ludwig-Boltzmann for History and Society. Her work has been exhibited and awarded in several international film festivals.
Daniel Ribas (researcher)
Daniel Ribas is a film teacher at Escola das Artes da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, he is a member of CITAR – Centro de Investigação em Ciência e Tecnologia das Artes and he collaborates with the Portuguese film festivals Porto/Post/Doc and Curtas Vila do Conde. PhD in Cultural Studies, he has been writing several articles and book chapters about Portuguese contemporary cinema, experimental cinema and documentary.
Pedro Mexia (critic)
Pedro Mexia graduated in Law from Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He was critic and chronicler and he actually writes for the weekly newspaper Expresso. He was vice-director and interim director of Cinemateca Portuguesa. He has published six poetry books and he coordinates the poetry collection of Tinta-da-China editions. Mexia has also organized an essay book on Agustina Bessa-Luís and an anthology about God’s problematics within the Portuguese poetry along with José Tolentino de Mendonça.
Chair: Alexandra Martins