Cinema and freedom: the retrospective of Sarah Maldoror’s legacy in IndieLisboa

Filmmaker Sarah Maldoror raises her voice again, for so many people who remain silent, during our next edition. Together with the Cinemateca Portuguesa we present her cinematographic work – most of it – with some of her films still to be located. A retrospective full of revolution and hope, a look at a filmmaker who needs to meet the Portuguese audience.

Recently passed, she left a legacy of films that reflect the issues that have crossed her entire life and thoughts: from colonial wars (Monangambé, Sambizanga) to the movement of blackness (Aimé Césaire, Léon-Gontran Damas, Toto Bissainthe), including portraits of artists who influenced its creation (Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Vlady, Miró).

Sarah Maldoror founded Les Griots in France in 1956, a company “to put an end to the roles of servant” and “to make known black artists and writers”, her words in a text published by her daughters, Annouchka de Andrade and Henda Ducados, and published by Marta Lança in Buala. Annouchka de Andrade will be in Lisbon during the festival to keep up with the retrospective, which will include totally unpublished films, whose whereabouts have been recently discovered. There will also be a place to contextualize her work in collaboration with other authors, such as Gillo Pontecorvo, Chris Marker or William Klein.

After studying cinema in Moscow in the early 1960s (such as Ousmane Sembène), she began to create her films on colonial issues and the affirmation of African intellectuals, and together with her companion, the MPLA poet and founder, Mário Pinto de Andrade, dives into the liberation movements in Africa. Her first work, Monangambé (1969), speaks precisely of the brutal role of colonizing Portugal, making a brilliant adaptation of a novel by Luandino Vieira. Although some of her films have been seen and awarded around the world on the festival circuit, the richness of this ensemble remains to be discovered. The complete list of works shown will be revealed soon and will include completely new films.

By seeing her films, we still have many questions to raise, debate, revisit. And we will do it in person, with all our audience in the cinema rooms, in view of the magnitude of the work of this filmmaker seen on a cinema screen.

IndieLisboa 2021: check out the look of the 18th edition

The year is 2021 and the edition is the 18th.

The most independent crow of Lisbon comes of age, which proves that we will always continue to bring cinema to people and people to the cinema, regardless of any circumstances. There will always be a place for new and experienced voices and views of cinema in Lisbon.

For the 2021 edition, we invited Russian designer Tatiana Egoshina to create the new graphic images of the festival, starting from the crow – our symbol – and transforming it with its usual vibrant colors and geometric shapes.

More news about IndieLisboa soon.


IndieJunior Schools: Submissions are open for sessions in the cinema and also in the schools

We are all tired of staying at home and nothing better than planning the best upcoming days to improve the mood. 🙂

With the return of school activities, we are back in touch because another edition of IndieJunior is about to come, which will take place from April 29th to May 9th, 2021. Given the current situation, in addition to taking place in the usual rooms of the festival, the sessions can also take place in schools, if you find it safer. We invite you to participate with your students and colleagues in another edition, as IndieJunior depends on the active participation of schools, teachers and students.

Schools Registrations

The schedule is being designed, according to each age group, bringing together surprising, fun and themed films relevant to the entire school community.

This year we have two options of participation:

1) Receive IndieJunior in your schools

2) Go to IndieJunior in the usual movie theaters in April / May

Taking into account the current context, we adapted the offer of films to a new modality. You will be able to make / keep the registration for the option of bringing the schools to the movie theaters, but you will also have the option of receiving the films to screen directly in the classroom. The film program is the same in movie theaters or at school.

We wait for you and your students, in movie theaters or at school, with an offer of films that will contribute to everyone’s learning, fun, reflection and growth. A relaxed moment that we think is important, because through cinema we can have fun even living tough times.

Bring your class to the festival! You can guarantee seats for your students through the link

Registration has a price of 1,50€ per student (teachers and auxiliaries are exempt) and payment can be made closer to the day of the screening.

We are aware to the development of the current situation and we will be in contact. Together we will find a place and an alternative to make cinema get to the children and youth 🙂

Questions and more information:

About IndieJunior

IndieJúnior has a programme of short and feature films – fiction, documentary and animation – for the various age groups, including preschool, 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles. The films are carefully chosen so as to correspond to the interests, problems and inspirations of each age group, with the aim of establishing a relationship between each work and student, leaving space for debate and reflection in school, at home and in life.