People of Praia da Vieira is one of Campos’ most original films. It illustrates the life of a fishing community in the central region of Portugal, an area very familiar to the director. The film shows aspects of the communities' migration from the sea to the Tagus River in search of calmer waters and their occupation of the riverbanks of the Ribatejo marshes, where they built small villages on stilts by the water's edge. The film uses footage from Campos’ early amateur fictional films from the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as other narrative devices, to tell the story of the place. The film diverts from a rigid ethnographical portrait and instead discovers a new way to approach the reality of these people living in post-revolutionary Portugal.
The screening will open with another of Campos' short films, Painted Walls of the Portuguese Revolution. After the revolution of 25 April 1974, the walls of the city of Lisbon became a means of celebrating and transmitting revolutionary ideals and slogans. The voice of the painter António Domingues praises these works. They were commissioned and produced by the Artists' Unit of the Portuguese Communist Party.
Painted Walls of the Portuguese Revolution (Paredes Pintadas da Revolução Portuguesa), dir. António Campos, Portugal 1976, 9 min., Portuguese with English subtitles
People of Praia da Vieira (Gente da Praia da Vieira), dir. António Campos, Portugal, 1975, 76 min., Portuguese with English subtitles
The screening will be preceded by an introduction by anthropologist, curator and filmmaker Lee Douglas.
Thu, 23 Nov 2023
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