The Cine-geographies of the Portuguese Revolution

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    When the Portuguese Revolution (25th of April 1974) overthrew the longest dictatorial regime in Europe in the 20th century, activists, filmmakers and intellectuals flooded to Portugal to witness the unfolding of the event. The revolution was followed by two years of transition from the dictatorship to the new democratic system, Ongoing Revolutionary Process (PREC). Portuguese filmmaker Sergio Trefaut’s Another Country (1999) documents the journey of Brazilian Glauber Rocha, US American Robert Kramer, Germain Thomas Harlan, and others who have travelled to Portugal in support of the socialist revolution and to film its making. More than observers, these filmmakers had a direct influence and impact in the local scene. This presentation aims to touch upon the role of Thomas Harlan and his crew in the development of the only independent occupation of agricultural land by its daily waged workers in Torre Bela farm. In 1975, Thomas Harlan arrived in Lisbon drove from central Europe with a group of colleagues with the purpose of recording the revolution, but when they became acquaintance with the popular upheaval in Torre Bela they joined the movement. Torre Bela (1977) by Harlan it’s a document that shows both the direct participation of the workers and the problematics / complexities of Harlan’s interference. By drawing from film practices, the film cooperatives, and dialogues between local and international filmmakers, this presentation wants to explore the intertwinements between social, political and aesthetic transformations in the context of the Portuguese revolution.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2019
    EventTransnational Radical Film Cultures: An International Conference on Film, Aesthetics and Politics - University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Duration: 3 Jun 20195 Jun 2019


    ConferenceTransnational Radical Film Cultures: An International Conference on Film, Aesthetics and Politics
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • cinema
    • radical cinema
    • revolution
    • Portugal
    • cine-geographies
    • militant image
    • Carnation Revolution
    • curatorial
    • curating

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
    • Cultural Studies


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