«We believe in the higher potential of the in-person encounters»

DOCLISBOA: Co-Director Miguel Ribeiro on the challenges, trends, and current Doclisboa experience.

(Translated from English by Google Gtranslate)

The 19th Doclisboa takes from 21 – 31 October 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Doclisboa wants to question the present of film, bringing along its history and assuming cinema as a mode of freedom. By refusing the categorization of film practice, it searches for the new problematics that cinematic image implies, in its multiple ways of engagement with the contemporary. Doclisboa tries to be a place to imagine reality through new modes of perception, reflection, and possible new forms of action.

Modern Times Review spoke with Doclisboa Co-Director Miguel Ribeiro on the challenges, trends, and current Doclisboa experience.

After nearly 2 years of pandemic-affected event organizing, what did you continue to find difficult in setting up the 2021 event? What did you learn from 2020 to implement this year?
Until quite recently, the whole edition was prepared with a certain level of uncertainty. Restrictive measures are now easy in Portugal and mobility is again possible from a wide range of territories, which is amazing and it will be an even more open and collective festival than we could anticipate some months ago. That’s something we are very happy about. Many filmmakers and colleagues are coming to Lisbon and there’s very good energy to it.

Regarding the 2020 changes that we kept and intend to keep for future editions, there is the online version of Nebulae (our . . .

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