Cinemateca makes documents available online on April 25th

Among the films already available are “A Fuga”, by Luís Filipe Rocha, a 1976 production based on the solitary escape of Dias Lourenço, political prisoner of Forte de Peniche, during the dictatorship, and “Brandos Costumes”, by Alberto Seixas Santos, a drama filmed in 1972/73, before April 25, in the context of the second production plan of the Centro Português de Cinema, which only premiered after the Revolution, in September 1975.

“Brandos Costumes” has an argument by Alberto Seixas Santos, Luíza Neto Jorge and Nuno Júdice, and production direction by Henrique Espírito Santo and Jorge Silva Melo.

Available documentaries include “Liberdade para José Diogo” (1975), by Luís Galvão Teles, testimony of the spirit of the class struggle of the time, about the Alentejo agricultural worker who killed the landowner for whom he worked as a tractor driver, “Scenes from the Class Struggle em Portugal “, by the American Robert Kramer, completed in 1976, and” The Other Theater or Things Belong to Who Makes them Better “(1976), by António de Macedo and Manuela Moura,” about the renovating reality of Portuguese theater of the seventies, before and after April 25, 1974 “.

“Terra de Pão, Terra de Luta” (1977), by José Nascimento, with commentary by Vítor Matias Ferreira and voiceover by Joaquim Furtado, is another production available. The documentary follows the process of Agrarian Reform and is “one of the greatest classics of the most militant cinema of the Revolution”, according to the Cinemateca.

The program also includes “A Lei da Terra” (1977), by the collective Grupo Zero, another approach to Agrarian Reform, portrayed “in its political, social and economic dimensions, using the historical perspective and its respective off-line comment to two voices (one male and one female) “, with didactic concerns.

Grupo Zero included names such as Acácio de Almeida, Alberto Seixas Santos, Fernando Belo, Joaquim Furtado, José Luís Carvalhosa, Leonel Efe, Lia Gama, Paola Porru, Serras Gago, Solveig Nordlund and Teresa Caldas.

“O Meu Nome É …” (1978), by Fernando Matos Silva, with Rui Mendes, Orlando Ramos and Margarida Gouveia Fernandes, reflecting on the popular manifestations of April 25, 1974, closes the list of films available from today.

Although this ‘microsite’ will be available ‘online’ between today and May 14, three feature films will be available during a specific period, in the “Movies to see this week” category: “Brandos Costumes” (until April 30) , “Gestos & Fragmentos” (May 1st to 7th) and “Colonia e Vilões” (May 8th to 14th).

“Gestures & Fragments: Essay on the Military and Power” (1982), with Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, Eduardo Lourenço and Robert Kramer, combines narrative areas about the revolution, seen after the so-called “Hot Summer” and the 25th of November , taking as pillar “The Military and the Power”, by Eduardo Lourenço.

“Colónia e Vilões”, by Leonel Brito, is a documentary about the ‘colony contract’ on the island of Madeira, a form of exploitation of agricultural workers, with medieval origins, which persisted, even after April 25, 1974.

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