Going to work at Doclisboa

Going to work at Doclisboa

During its first module, running in October 2020, leading Portuguese docfest will host a programme dedicated to work, presented in partnership with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.


From October 22 to November 1, Doclisboa will present a programme of 20 films dedicated to work, by directors such as Harun Farocki, Helke Sander and Hervé Le Roux, among others. Film production during the Portuguese revolutionary period (1974-75) will also be highlighted in this programme. 


Doclisboa will be presented in six modules in 2020/21, over a period of six months, commencing October 20 2020.


The ‘work’ programme arises from a partnership between Doclisboa and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which aims to promote the discussion, through cinema, of human rights and social issues related to work.


The festival statement stresses how “throughout the history of cinema, we find the idea of work and labour represented in all its diverse possibilities. To speak of work is to speak of the society in which we live now: how did we get here? Today’s and yesterday’s struggles for safe and healthy workplaces, the role of women, immigration and the social changes of the last century, unemployment, precariousness and liberalisation. In this programme, we will build bridges between remarkable moments in the past and ideas that reveal our present. In an era in which labour issues are at the centre of public debate, forcing a re-evaluation of logics and structural models, this programme will stimulate discussion on issues that affect everyone.


“To complement the programme, there will also be room for debates on the relationship between cinema, work and its cinematographic representations. These debates will take place online in order to include participants from different contexts and territories.”


The programme will run in parallel with a retrospective dedicated to Georgian cinema, mapping the country’s production from the 1920s to the present, as reported in Business Doc Europe June 19.


Doclisboa will be presented in six modules this year, over six months, and unveils this retrospective as the core aspect of the festival’s first module, which will run from October 22 to November 1. 


Taking place at the Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema, the retrospective will explore the variety and complexity of this country’s cinema, creating a relationship between the past and the present to build a temporal mosaic from the era of silent film to the new productions of recent years. 


The program features newly restored copies of films by compelling authors such as Mikhail Kalatozov and Serguei Paradjanov, among others, as well as contemporary filmmakers including Otar Iosseliani, Lana Gogoberidze and more. This preservation process results from the agreement between Georgia and Russia for the return to Tbilisi of the Georgian cinematographic heritage from the Soviet period, promoted and organized by the Georgian National Film Centre.


“Close to celebrating three decades of independence, Georgia has always, in its long existence, been marked by human and cultural diversity,” the festival notes, adding how, “Georgian specificity, resulting from this diversity, culminates in a cinema based on an enviable tradition of social and artistic relevance.” 


Doclisboa offers up therefore rediscovered and surprising works such as My Grandmother, a surreal satire of the bureaucracy of the young Soviet state by actor-director Kote Mikaberidze, and Alaverdoba (1962), an ambiguous anti-religious libel by Guiorgui Chenguelaia. 


This retrospective, curated by Marcelo Félix, maps a century of film production in Georgia, presenting the most diverse artistic expressions and thematic concerns, from surrealist explorations and lyrical representations of the Caucasus mountains, to neo-realistic social studies. (Director, editor and translator, MARCELO FELIX studied film at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon, and Conservation, Restoration, Archive Collections and Film Heritage Valorization at the Archimedia Network in Paris, Bologna, Brussels, London and Amsterdam.)


In 2020, Georgia is also the guest country of Nebulae, Doclisboa’s industry program, with a series of activities that will highlight contemporary Georgian cinema. In October, Georgian cinema will be present in Lisbon for a journey between the