Lisbon Beat, dirs. Rita Maia and Vasco Viana, Portugal 2019, 75 min., Portuguese with English subtitles
This exuberant documentary portrait of a city and its musicians highlights the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene thriving on the outskirts of Lisbon.
Cinematographer Vasco Viana and Lisbon-born, London-based DJ Rita Maia depict a vibrant community of musicians and producers from diverse backgrounds each establishing their relationship to this complex city. Among many other notable figures, the film features DJ Nigga Fox, previously represented by Portugal’s Principé label, and recently signed by Sheffield’s Warp Records.
Best known as an international club DJ and broadcaster at Gilles Peterson Worldwide FM, Rita Maia is also a curator, record collector and creative director. Her work showcases artists from all over the world – from the sounds of London to Brazil, Angola and Portugal – making connections between rhythms and cultures, past and future, new emerging scenes and all the mutations in between.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019
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The screening is followed by a Q&A with co-director Rita Maia and a DJ set in the ICA’s lower bar.