Film session

«Understory» by Margarida Cardoso

February 20, 2020, 18h30

Casa da Esquina (Coimbra)

Comments: Teresa Cunha (CES)


A personal essay on a plant and all its cultural and economic ramifications: cocoa. Traveling through São Tomé and Príncipe, England and Brazil, the director walks between the past and the present, dismantling the schemes of European colonial oppression and investigating the possibilities of a fair farming and trade of the plant. In the various corners of the world, it is women who bring about change. An alternate history, which is a her-story (her story) and an understory (sub-story).

Duration: 81 minutes
Script: Margarida Cardoso
Photography: Margarida Cardoso, Luís Correia, Miguel Costa
Sound: Nuno Carvalho
Editing: Pedro Marques, Francisco Costa
Production: Lx Filmes
Year: 2019