Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.

This year‘s focus programme at Doclisboa presents films from the Euphrates area. «The idea is to bring back images that disappeared in relation to these territories due to all the recent conflicts,» programme coordinator Miguel Ribeiro, says to Modern Times Review.

  1. What is the focus of this year’s edition of Doclisboa?

«This year we have a retrospective of the complete work of Luis Ospina, the Colombian filmmaker. This is an important moment for us. He is an important filmmaker in the Latin American scene, with very strong humour, very critical cinema but also very free. And he is coming to the festival to present all his films and to do Q&As after all the screenings.»

«Besides this, we will have a focus programme about cinema from around the Euphrates. These are films from Syria, Kurdistan, Iraq, and Armenia – all of them covering the period from the beginning of cinema in the region until the early 2000s. The idea is to bring back images that disappeared in relation to these territories due to all the recent conflicts. It is a way of revising these areas and a chance to see the diversity of the filmographies coming from that region – films that are at risk due to the wars and conflicts. It is also a way to propose a different view, an alternative to the images that are seen again and again in the media, which usually are images of conflict and of people fleeing from these territories.»

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