A Luz Submersa

Fernando Matos Silva

Portugal, 2001, 70 min.

The location is Portugal in a village called Aldeia da Luz, which is scheduled to disappear because of a dam-building project. The inhabitants will be moved to a new village that has been built to re-house them.

sem-tc3adtulo-421In A luz submersa, shot over a three-year period, the camera follows some of the village families to experience their reactions to the irreversible fact that they must give up their homes, memories, history and culture. Naturally they are unhappy about it and feel upset with the way in which the authorities have built the new village and houses without really listening to the needs of the people who are affected by the project.

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