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CINEMA AS A WAY TO CHANGE THE WORLD
We live in times of profound change, in which inequalities have deepened, distances have increased, social relations have been put on hold or have acquired new forms. We have witnessed the widening of inequalities between men and women, rich and poor, black and white people, between countries, continents and political regimes. With an eye to the future but without forgetting the past, moving forward was our driving force in this year of unexpected challenges.
Through cinema, women directors from the Mediterranean countries express their views on the different ways of living in our unequal world. It is this diverse way to look at the world that we want to share with the audience in Portugal.
In the 8th edition of the Festival, we have strengthened our networks and enriched the sessions for schools in a bet on the future of young people and all of us. Since our Festival never forgets the little ones, once again we have organised a session for families and the workshop Olhares em Pequenino. Giving continuity to our pedagogical drive, this year we will also have a workshop for teachers on the use of cinema as a tool for citizenship education, and a masterclass on the challenges of storytelling in the digital age. Keeping on with our fight against social discrimination and in favour of accessibility, we will have films with audio description. There will also be space for our traditional round tables, where filmmakers, activists and researchers will talk with the audience about gender and family in the Arabic contexts; geographical, legal and symbolic borders; and the role of women in revolutions.
Within the Network of the Mediterranean Women’s Film Festivals, which we founded in 2020, we have organised screenings co-programmed with the Beirut International Women’s Film Festival. In this spirit of collaboration, we have teamed up with the Festa do Cinema Italiano to make a grand Mediterranean celebration. In the opening session of Olhares do Mediterrâneo – Women’s Film Festival, which is simultaneously the closing session of the Festa do Cinema Italiano, together we will screen a sublime film about enduring bonds.
As you can see, there are many reasons to celebrate!
Ahead of us are five days of celebration of the Mediterranean women’s cinema with diverse and quality films that testify to strength and resistance. The films we show at Olhares do Mediterrâneo – Women’s Film Festival are always gateways to different worlds, and help us understand the differences and similarities we all share. They widen our perspectives and make our gaze more attentive to diversity. It is this multiplicity of views that we want to show because we believe that through cinema we can contribute to the change of the world.
The 8th edition of Olhares do Mediterrâneo – Women’s Film Festival is dedicated to Margarida, our companion on this journey and sister in arms who always looked in the right direction.
Antónia Pedroso de Lima, Sara David Lopes, Silvia Di Marco