Discussing identities in Porto/Post/Doc's 2019 edition

by Porto/Post/Doc / 30 09 2019

The 2019 edition of Porto/Post/Doc will be devoted to the discussion of identity issues in contemporary society. The festival returns to downtown from November 23 to December 1.

From Palestinian resistance to non-binary gender, from anthropocene to affect geography, Forum of the Real and a parallel film program will serve as a starting point for conversations around the notion of identity in its many dimensions and its intrinsic relationship with the cinematic device.

The forum will take place between November 27 and 29, at Cinema Passos Manuel, and has three panels of speakers: the first, “Of Earth”, will discuss the relationship between identity construction and territory; the second, “Of Thought”, aims at an approximation of philosophical content to the very concept of identity and identities, in the plural; finally, the third panel, entitled “Of Images”, intends to reflect on contemporary cinema and its interweaving with the most diverse individual and collective identity flows.

Álvaro Domingues (geographer), Antonio Guerreiro (critic), Ben Rivers (director), Christiana Perschon (director), Daniel Ribas (researcher), Marie-José Mondzain (philosopher), Pedro Mexia (critic), Susana de Matos Viegas (anthropologist), Valérie Massadian (director) are some of the attendees already confirmed in this forum, which entrance is free.

In parallel, Porto/Post/Doc presents a selection of short and feature films, in a special program dedicated to the theme, which aims to set on dialogue classic film history - such as “Persona” by Ingmar Bergman, “Street of Shame" by Kenji Mizoguchi or "La Salamandre”, by Alain Tanner - with some contemporary discoveries and productions.

In this context, the festival will also feature three short films by Swiss activist and director Carole Rossopoulos, shot during the 1970s. Of an eminently political and militant nature, these films show some of the main French social struggles of the time, such as case of FHAR (Front homosexuel d'action revolutionary). Also noteworthy is the screening of “Ghost Strata” and “Now, At Last!”, two of Ben Rivers's most recent feature films; the return of Gürcan Keltek (2017 edition winner) to the festival with the short film “Gulyabani”; and the special session of “Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory,” a Mohanad Yaqubi film made from archival footage of the Palestinian struggle produced between the 1960s and 1980s. This session will be followed by a debate with the filmmaker moderated by Nuno Lisboa (Doc's Kingdom director and programmer).

The program also features Christiana Perschon's film "She Is The Other Gaze", "Sol Negro" by Laura Huertas Millán, "Coffee Colored Children" by Ngozi Onwura, "Portrait of Jason", by Shirley Clarke, and "Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait", by Khyentse Norbu.

The festival takes place between November 23rd and December 1st, in several venues of the city (Porto Municipal Theater - Rivoli, Passos Manuel Cinema, Porto Planetarium).

The 2019 edition of Porto/Post/Doc has the support of Câmara Municipal do Porto, Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual (ICA) - Ministério da Cultura, CVRVV - Vinho Verde and several other partners.

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