In Vilarinho das Furnas, Campos documented the last months of a small and isolated village in northern Portugal, which would soon be flooded by the waters of a new hydroelectric dam. The subsistence of this village depended for decades on a communal form of autonomous organisation and commoning. The same water that irrigated their fields would soon cover their homes. Aware of this situation, Campos wanted to make this film to preserve an image of Vilarinho.
Campos filmed for eighteen months, recording the stories of the people as they slowly opened up to him and filming the place and daily activities with great rigour. The film is a political tribute to the site and the resistance of those who lived there.
Portraits of those on the banks of the River Lis is a short visual experiment about the people living and working on the banks of the River Lis in the centre of Portugal. This region would become one of the major themes and motives in Campos’ work.
Portraits of those on the banks of the River Lis (Retratos dos das Margens do Rio Lis), dir. António Campos, Portugal 1965, 10 min.
Vilarinho das Furnas, dir. António Campos, Portugal 1971, 77 min., Portuguese with English subtitles
The screening will be preceded by an introduction by season co-curator Ricardo Matos Cabo.
Sun, 19 Nov 2023
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