The film cycle Desobedoc returns to Porto between April 25 and 28, debuting in Portugal “The Silence of Others“, a documentary “about memory and amnesia regarding the crimes of Franco“, explained the organization.
“In a Europe and a world where we see authoritarianism resurfacing, memory is a tool to not allow the past of dictatorship and fascism to repeat itself,” said José Soeiro, deputy and national leader of the Left Bloc, the party responsible for the initiative which this year takes place in the Operator Catholic Circle of Porto and that only in 2018 was not held in this city.
Feminism, the time of clandestine abortion in Portugal, stories about a hidden Port and a trip to the liberation of the last political prisoners to be released after April 25, 1974 are some of the themes that will also go through the 5th edition of Desobedoc , to “show that the cinema can put the finger in the wound” and help “to think the world“.
For the 25th, at 9:30 pm, the premiere of ‘O Silêncio dos Outros’, a documentary by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, winner of the 2019 Goya Award for best documentary feature, shows the struggle of the victims of the 40 years of dictatorship of Franco in Spain.
The next day there is a new national premiere at 10 pm with Andrew McConnell and Garry Keane ‘Gaza’.
Before that, at 6:00 p.m., the “Museum of Shame” by Luís Monteiro and José Castro is presented, which addresses “the struggle for the transformation of PIDE’s former facilities in Porto into a space of the memory of the struggle against fascism“, describes José Soeiro.
On the 26th, ‘Feminism: Not a Step Behind’ on the GAMP – Women’s Autonomous Group of Porto, ‘probably the first collective of anti-capitalist feminism in Portugal’, ‘Work In Progress’ by Melanie Pereira, on the feminist strike of March 8, and ‘The Women’s Response’ by Agnes Vàrda, recently deceased French filmmaker.
To this is added, at 9:00 pm, ‘Abortion is not Crime’, 1976, which brought its author, Maria Antonia Palla, to court.
“It has already been tried in a democracy. It is proof that cinema changes the world and it is a weapon that can bother and put a finger on the wound,” says José Soeiro.
On April 27, the premiere is by Jilles Von Du Soleil, by Gilles Perret and François Ruffin, on the movement of the yellow jackets in France, while the short films deal with “various realities of a Port sent to the invisibility, “describes Soeiro.
Luís Nuno Baldaque’s “Christian Port” and Luísa Pinto’s “Breaking the Walls of Prison,” which brings together “eight prisoners from the two prisons in Santa Cruz do Bispo, women and men, with five professional actors and two musicians. ”
The neighbourhood of Aleixo, in Porto, is approached in ‘Russa’, named after the documentary by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr., but also by a former resident of the housing complex who returns to visit his sister and friends.
The Desobedoc ends on 28th at 9.30 pm with Ettore Scola’s Italian film ‘Un Dia Unesquecível’, presented by Francisco Louçã, to return to Rome in 1938, when the city celebrates the visit of Hitler and Mussolini.
Every morning there is room for the Desobedoquinho, dedicated “to children from 9 to 13 years and for anyone who wants.”
With the programming of Sérgio Marques and Tatiana Moutinho, Desobedoc is an initiative “done in a collective and cooperative way“, starting in 2014 in the then closed Cinema Trindade to “show that there was public” for the closed cultural halls in the centre of Porto, as explained José Soeiro.