Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire
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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What made sense as an object of our propaganda in a particular context can become a sturdy ‘friend’ – difficult to appease – in quite another. It’s easy to become obsessed with controlling images that we once produced accidentally, saying ‘that’s for history’. […] The image gives itself a new life, a new destiny, with or without us. It overcomes our guardianship.
— SANA NA N’HADA, Our image and ourselves (2015)
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