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Memories of resistance in Diana Andringa s Work

Grant number: 19/18808-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): November 10, 2019
Effective date (End): January 17, 2020
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Other Vernacular Literatures
Principal researcher:Aparecida de Fatima Bueno
Grantee:Aparecida de Fatima Bueno
Host: Maria do Carmo Picarra Ramos
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal  

Abstract

The documentary production of journalist Diana Andringa is characterized by a critical review on the Salazarism, which began when she worked for RTP from 1978 to 2001 and is emphasized after her leaving of that TV channel and started working as an independent documentary filmmaker. Her first phase is highlighted by the documentaries Goa, 20 anos depois (1981), Geração de 60 (1989), Aristides de Sousa Mendes, o cônsul injustiçado (1992), and Humberto Delgado, obviamente assassinaram-no (1994), being the last two directed by Teresa Olga and having their arguments by Diana Andringa. From 2001 on, films related to the Portuguese colonial past in Africa stand out: Timor, o sonho do crocodilo (2002), As duas faces da guerra (2007), in partnership with Guinean filmmaker Flora Gomes, Dundo, memória colonial (2009), Tarrafal, memórias do campo da morte lenta (2010), and Operação Angola: fugir para lutar (2015). A look at that corpus reveals the coherence of Andringa's work as a documentary filmmaker in search to rescue characters and historical facts silenced during the Estado Novo since the time she worked for RTP. Our goal, from a more complete survey on her work, is to systematize and reflect upon its role in the process of revisiting the Portuguese past in the last century. The bibliographic research in Portuguese institutions, allied to the possibility of interviewing the director, is fundamental for the preparation of an essay focused mainly on the films dedicated to the Portuguese colonial space. The project is connected to the research group coordinated by me, Colonialism and Postcolonialism in Portuguese (CPCP).

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