Memory is a central aspect of cinema.
It is by cinema – or, to be more precise, by the moving images – that we recall past events, as if cinema could be a storage of time. That quality is what wonder us when we see films. Memory triggers our emotions. That’s why we decided to dedicate Porto/Post/Doc’s theme to the Archive, because cinema itself is a kind of archive of human memory.
Our main Focus will be dedicated to Jean Rouch, the mythical French author, about who we celebrate his 100th birth anniversary. Rouch’s films – now restored – deal with the idea that our world must be mediated by cinema, and by a cinema that is free from genre expectations (mainly the fiction/non-fiction divide). To participate in this homage is to rediscover films that are central to the history of the 20th century moving images. This digression to the past will be also part of our Focus on the Czech filmmaker Miroslav Janek, in a carte blanche by Jana Ševcíková.
As a key point of our programme, we will detail the idea of Post-Memory. This focus, which includes a film programme and the Forum of the Real (one-day seminar with specialists). The aim of the programme is to account for the use of the archive as a means of producing new documentary narratives and for the preponderance of this method to interrogate the history of the twentieth century. In addition, this programme will focus on the use of the archive as a means of activating a post-memory, that is, a critical analysis done by new directors who have not seen the facts they are dealing with, but on which they activate a critical position and deconstructing the “official” memories.
A film festival is a place for the future – to screen new films – but also a window to a past that needs to be rediscover.