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The cinema of Olga Futemma: the trajectory of an intercultural experience

Grant number: 21/11712-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2022
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Cinema
Principal Investigator:Esther Império Hamburger
Grantee:Hanna Henck Dias Esperança
Host Institution: Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):23/11944-1 - Subjectivity at play: American and Brazilian autobiographical films in the late 20th century, BE.EP.DR


Olga Futemma, despite being better known for her work at the Cinemateca Brasileira, worked briefly as a filmmaker in the city of São Paulo, between the 1970s and 1980s, directing six short films and working as a film editor and screenwriter in another twelve productions at the time. Thus, the hypothesis elaborated in this project consists in the possibility of analyzing her work through an authorial bias, as it is susceptible to composing a particular cinematographic corpus that is crossed by its own themes and characteristics. We also start from the hypothesis that, in a period of prevailing relations of otherness in documentaries, Futemma's films were differentiated by bringing deeply personal experiences to the center of the narrative, through an autobiographical and essayistic key, a trait that would find impulse in the questioning of her identity between cultures as a descendant of Okinawan immigrants. To this end, we propose a study based on film analysis, historical and cinematographic contextualization and interview, taking into consideration the concepts of diaspora, autobiography and essay-film. (AU)

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