CPLP Film Festival
Date: 27 April -
4 May 2018
Location: Room XIV
patron: Permanent Missions of Angola, Brazil, Cabo-Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal and Timor-Leste
This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Room XIV - Cinema; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 17.
All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register here.
For the third year, the missions of Portuguese Speaking Countries in Geneva (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Portugal, Mozambique and Timor-Leste) propose an edition of the CPLP Film Festival, to be held from April 30th to May 4th, as part of the celebrations of the Portuguese Language Day, May 5th. The event aims to integrate the seven missions to the UNOG and jointly promote our shared history and culture through cinema.
The festival will present the following tentative program:
1) Querido Embaixador (Dear Ambassador) – 2017 - Brazil
The film tells the extraordinary story of Luiz de Souza Dantas. As Brazilian ambassador to France during the Second World War, he saved over a thousand people whose lives were under the Nazi threat, by granting them highly irregular diplomatic visas from the Brazilian government so that they could leave war-torn Europe. Souza Danta's story is told as a series of testimonies by Holocaust survivors to whom he granted visas - diplomats, historians and acquaintances - mingled with World War II images, some shown for the first time. The film has a star cast and shows us the fast-paced and captivating life of Souza Dantas, who had always dreamt of becoming Brazilian ambassador to France and living life to the full in his beloved Paris. The story takes place between 1922 and 1944, starting in the bubbly ''années folles'' in Paris, known as the divine City of Lights. Once the war was over, Souza Dantas humanitarian acts went unmentioned and were forgotten. In 2003, after much research, the Yad Vashem Museum dubbed him as ''Righteous Among Nations'', the highest honour given by the State of Israel to non-Jews who helped Jews in some way during the Holocaust.
2) Where the sun rises – 2006 - Australia
This is a story about the courageous journey from war and sacrifice to forgiveness and reconciliation - a powerful and universal theme which transcends all geographical, cultural and ethnic boundaries. It is humanity's struggle. President Gusmao is our guide throughout this arduous journey. He reveals his Timor, through his eyes and from his heart. We hear him speak in 4 languages: English, Portuguese, Indonesian and his native Tetun.
3) Praça Paris (Paris Square) – 2018 – Brazil/Portugal
Paris Square is a thriller that shows the conflict between a Portuguese psychoanalyst, Camila, who came to Brazil to develop a research on violence, and her patient, Gloria, in a Therapy Center of a Brazilian university (UERJ). Gloria is an elevator attendant at the university and has a very difficult history of violence: raped by her father, she has only one brother, who always protected her, but was also drug lord at the slum. The film shows a transfer relationship to the reverse, where the fear of the other ends up dominating the plot.
The program will soon be completed by two other movies.