A film that opens the doors to the world of construction building, composed, here, by the voices of immigrant workers who build houses that will soon be inhabited. Coming, mostly, from former Portuguese colonies, the link to the country of origin is music, but also memory.
Carolina Rosendo returns to Novíssimos with a film about “the men who build Lisbon [and who] bring parts of their own homes to work.” In this documentary we follow a day’s work of immigrants from various Portuguese-speaking African countries who find themselves in a physical and demanding job, but which allows a constant exchange with the ideas, flavors and music they bring from afar. From Angola, Mozambique or Brazil, Cape Verde or Guinea, or from the anxieties of the past and the present, this construction work is a point of passage to a better life, closer to the culture and the family that stayed behind. There are also those who come from Asia and still need a translator to make us understand that the ambitions are the same, albeit the different chords. At the end of the day, already free of the dust of the day’s work, they return to their homes, to their dreams yet to be fulfilled. Tomorrow they will wake up again at five to return to this house that, for now, is also theirs. (Margarida Moz)