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(Re)imagining African Independence

Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire


Edited By Maria do Carmo Piçarra and Teresa Castro

The fortieth anniversary of the independence of the African countries colonized by Portugal presents a valuable opportunity to reassess how colonialism has been «imagined» through the medium of the moving image. The essays collected in this volume investigate Portuguese colonialism and its filmic and audio-visual imaginaries both during and after the Estado Novo regime, examining political propaganda films shot during the liberation wars and exploring the questions and debates these generate. The book also highlights common aspects in the emergence of a national cinema in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. By reanimating (and decolonizing) the archive, it represents an important contribution to Portuguese colonial history, as well as to the history of cinema and the visual arts.


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Ana Balona de Oliveira is FCT Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Studies, University of Lisbon, and at the Institute for Art History, New University of Lisbon. Her current research focuses on narra- tives of empire, anti- and post-colonialism and migration and globalization in contemporary art from ‘Lusophone’ spaces and beyond. Recent publica- tions include contributions to Red Africa: Affective Communities and the Cold War (ed. Mark Nash, 2016)’, Edson Chagas: Found Not Taken (2015) and Novo Banco. She has published in Third Text, Mute, Fillip, /seconds, Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image, Revista de História de Arte and Revista Comunicação e Sociedade. Daniel Barroca is an artist and currently a PhD student at the Anthropology Department of the University of Florida, with the sup- port of the Fulbright Commission. After having studied at the School of Art and Design of Caldas da Rainha, he was in residence at the Spanish Academy in Rome and at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and he attended the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien’s International Studio Program in Berlin and the HomeWorks Program in Beirut. In 2015, he took part in the Open Sessions at the Drawing Center, New York. He has exhibited in different international venues and his work is repre- sented in several institutional and private collections such as Coleção de Arte Fundação EDP/PCR, MACE, Fundação Carmona e Costa and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Teresa Castro is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the...

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