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Filipa cÉsar
Transmisson from the Liberated Zones
Experimental doc. | hdv | color | 30'0'' | Portugal | 2016
Transmission from the Liberated Zones, is an experiment bringing together statements and documents accessed and presented by a young boy through a low-fidelity feedback channel – a resonance studio to wander back and forth through time and subjects, between tepid and tropic encounters. This essay departs from the concept of Liberated Zones a designation used to describe areas freed from Portuguese domination, organised and managed by the guerrilla militants of the PAIGC in Guinea, during the 11-year liberation war 1963-74. The Swedish protagonists are diplomate Folker Löfgren, filmmaker Lennart Malmer, filmmaker and psychologist Ingela Romare and politician Birgitta Dahl, all of them visited the zones in the early 1970. The contemporary presenter reflects his own condition and states that recalling instances of liberation prepares the ground for further recurrences.
Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, the fictional dimensions of the documentary and the economies, politics and poetics inherent to cinema praxis. Great part of César’s experimental films have been focussed on the spectres of resistance in Portugal’s geo-political past, questioning mechanisms of history production and proposing spaces for performing subjective knowledge. Since 2011, César has been researching the origins of cinema in Guinea-Bissau, its imaginaries and potencies, developing that research into the collective project Luta ca caba inda (the struggle is not over yet). She was a participant of the research projects Living Archive (2011-13) and Visionary Archive (2013-15) both organised by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin.