The 2020 edition of Doclisboa takes place across six sessions, over six months, with the first one taking place between 22 October – 1 November. Now, the 18th edition of the documentary festival has announced information on the opening and closing sessions.
Opening the festival will be José Barahona’s Nheengatu – The Language of the Amazon. This event will take place in the presence of the filmmaker and be held at Lisbon’s Culturgest. Nheengatu – The Language of the Amazon takes viewers on a journey along the Negro River, on the trail of this language imposed on indigenous people by the first Portuguese colonialists who landed in Brazil in the 15th century.
The closing session will feature German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger’s Paris Calligrammes. The film, which premiered at the Berlinale, go through the director’s memories of the exuberant Paris of the 60s, where she lived between 1962 and 1969, revealing the encounter with so many essential names of the most diverse artistic movements such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Jean Rouch and with the political issues that shaped that period.