Catarina Alves Costa | Portugal 2022 | 72 Min. | Portuguese, Makonde with Engl. subtitles

SUNDAY, 07.05. | 9:15pm
De France, Saal 1 | TICKETS

Austrian Premiere

In presence of Catarina Alves Costa

© Catarina Alves Costa 

Between 1958 and 1961, Margot Dias participated in four ethnographic trips to the then Portuguese colony of Mozambique. In the process, she produced notes, several hours of film, and hundreds of visual and audio recordings of Makonde culture. In 1996, as a student, Alves Costa recorded an interview with the then 90-year-old Margot, which she uses as the starting point to trace this woman’s eventful life. And the filmmaker travels with the material to Maputo to confront the descendants with Margot’s recordings and thus also with their own history. 

Like a collage, MARGOT works with the different materialities of image sources and reflects on the nature of anthropological research and its meaning for researchers and researched.

Director: Catarina Alves Costa
Camera: João Ribeiro
Editing: Pedro Mateus Duarte
Sound: Gabriel Mondlane, Armanda Carvalho, João Alves
Production: Pedro Borges / Midas Filmes

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Catarina Alves Costa is a filmmaker and anthropologist. She directed, among other films, Margot (2022), Pedra e Cal (2016), Falamos de António Campos (2010), Nacional 206 (2009), O Arquiteto e a Cidade Velha (2004), Senhora Aparecida (1994) and recently co-directed A Ramadan in Lisbon (2019). Among others, she received the Best Documentary Award at the Recife Ethnographic Film Festival, the Critics Award at the Caminhos do Cinema Português, the Planéte Award at the Bilan du Film Ethnographique, the Excellence Award from the Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association Film Festival, USA and the 1st Prize of the VII Rassegna Internazionale di Documentari Etnografici festival. She recently released the book Cinema e Povo, 2022.