It is worth looking at what cinema has to say about the present, when it focuses on the past: the history of colonization and the way it is told by different subjects, the oppression seen by those who escaped its shadows, the crushing of the middle class or the ghosts which echo in the daily life of those who have managed to free themselvess. Between May 3rd and 14th, IndieLisboa has many films to fuel the debate, through a look at the social, political and economic ideas of the world.
In terms of shorts, some attention needs to payed to the shorts screening of the Silvestre section: Documentary on Politics. Benjamin d’Aoust hears the prison rumours, Corps investigates what goes beyond the walls. Jokinen is a detective film which traces the history of the Communist Party in the US, racial tensions, and the Finnish immigration in the 1930s. It is Never Nighttime on the Map exposes the automated immateriality of Google Maps. Armed with his chroma key screen, Douwe Dijkstra films people from Brazil and confuses them with his strange views of things, in Green Screen Gringo. Borders is a documentary film: the exodus of refugees on their way to the Brezice camp, between Slovenia and Croatia.
In addition to films, this politicized strand of IndieLisboa will also be noticeable in the first LisbonTalk of the edition, Cinema as a Political Tool, a conversation moderated by Tiago Dias (Lusa), where Susana de Sousa Dias (film director), José Filipe Costa (film director) , Ricardo Alexandre (RTP) and Sofia Branco (Lusa) will discuss the role which journalism and cinema play in today’s democracy and whether or not they can be useful tools for an informed and interventionist citizenship, in an era in which the populism of Trump, the far right of Le Pen and Temer, and the conservatism of Theresa May gain ground. The conversation takes place on May 5, Friday, at 6.30 pm, Cinema São Jorge.