FDM/Porter Visiting Artist: Susana de Sousa Dias

Public screening of 48 followed by discussion with director Susana de Sousa Dias and FDM Professor Jonathan Kahana.  Free and Open to the Public.  

What can a portrait photograph reveal about a political system? What can a picture taken more than forty years ago tell us about our contemporary society? Based on photographs taken during the arrest of political prisonsers over the course of the of the Portuguese dictatorship (1926-1974), 48 aims to convey the mechanisms by which a dictatorial regime seeks to self-perpetuate.  

Resisting the Archive
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:00pm-6:00pm, Communications 139

The seminar takes as its point of departure the filmmaker's work based on archival materials (Still Life, 48, Obscure Light and White Shadow - work in progress) in order to open up a discussion on the different forms of working with archival images with there is appearantly nothing to be seen.  Advance registration is required: contact Irene Lusztig (ilusztig@ucsc.edu) to reserve a space in the seminar.  

Susana de Sousa Dias is a filmmaker and university teacher.  She holds a PhD in Fine Arts/Video, an MPhil in Aesthetics and Art Philosophy, a 5-year BA in Fine Arts-Printing, and a BA in Cinema from the National School of Theatre and Cinema.  Among her cinematic works are Natureza Morta-Visages d'une dictature (2005) and 48 (2009).  Obscure Light (2017) is her most recent film.  She has exhibited her works at the National Museum of Contemporary Art Lisbon, the Contemporary Art Center Matadero, Mardrid, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ceará, Brazil, the Pacific Film Archive, and the Harvard Film Archive, among many other venues.  Her films have been selected for film festivals worldwide (Viennale, Visions du Réel, Sarajevo IFF, Torino FF, RIDMontreal, DokLeipzig, Dockanema Maputo, Mar del Plata Independent FF, etc.,).  In 2010, she was awarded with the Grand Prix du Cinema du Réel.  Currently, she is working on the film Total Station in Angola.  She lectures at the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon. 

Co-Sponsored by Porter College, Film and Digital Media, the Arts Dean's Office, and the Center for Documentary Arts and Research.  

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Communications Building, Room 150 (Studio C)