Screening Series

Guiné-Bissau, 46

5 and 12 February, 2019, 9.30 p.m.

Teatro da Cerca de S. Bernardo (Coimbra)


In order to diversify the representations that dominate the speeches about this country in Portugal and in the World, the series, which will span over the following months, begins with the first feature film by Flora Gomes - "Mortu Nega" (1988) - and "A Batalha of Tabatô", Portuguese director João Viana's "poem-film"(2013).

"Cholera spreads in Guinea-Bissau," RTP reported on 8 August 2005. Three years later, on March 9, 2008, The Guardian published a report entitled "How a tiny West African country became the world's first narco state". "Attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau" opened the evening news of RTP on 12 April 2012 and, a year later, on 19 August 2013, "Hunger increases in Guinea Bissau" was news on Antenna 1.

The dominant image of Guinea-Bissau in the world has been mainly static, negative and stigmatizing, associated with failure, crime and misery, as the previous examples illustrate. Little has been shown, thought and commented on the history and stories of resistance, resilience and change. In the year Guinea-Bissau celebrates its forty-sixth anniversary as a sovereign and independent state, the series "Guiné-Bissau, 46" intends, through Guinean cinema and about Guinea-Bissau, to contribute to the pluralization of the country's representations.

Organisers: Guiné-Bissau Student Organization in Coimbra / CES - Project (DE)-Othering / A Escola da Noite/TCB