You are here

Inês Pedrosa e Melo

Black and White Headshot
Graduate Student, PhD Program
documentary filmmaking, history, and theory; feminist archival practices; experimental film; experimental ethnography; performative and participatory nonfiction; autotheoretical interdisciplinarities; landscape cinema; epistolary cinema; essay film documentary theatre; artistic practices of legacies of historical trauma; visual histories of science, medicine, gender, democracy, and decolonization; postcolonial history; poststructuralism.
Education and Training: 
B.A. Communication Sciences, Cinema and Television Studies - NOVA University Lisbon, School of Social and Human Sciences (Portugal)
M.A. Anthropology, Specialization in Visual Cultures - NOVA University Lisbon, School of Social and Human Sciences (Portugal)
M.F.A. Documentary Film & Video Production - Stanford University
Inês Pedrosa e Melo is a Portuguese nonfiction filmmaker, editor, researcher, and scholar. She is originally from Lisbon, Portugal, but is currently based in/between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA. Her work explores individualized and societal dimensions of memory and trauma through hybrid and archival forms of nonfiction cinema. Her short films have screened in film festivals in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America. Most recently, her short film "Home, Revised", a meditation-manifesto on the process of working with and appropriating home movie archives from her home country, won the Fernando Lopes Award for Best Portuguese First Film in the 2022 edition of Doclisboa. She was also one of the ten filmmakers selected to participate in European Film Promotion's FUTURE FRAMES program at the 2023 edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and was a 2022-2023 SFFILM FilmHouse filmmaker-in-residence. Her work has received financial and artistic support from SFFILM (2022-2023) and ICA (Institute for Cinema and Audiovisual, Portugal) (2022-2024), and from the “la Caixa” (2023-2025) and the Calouste Gulbenkian (2018-2019) foundations. She was also a Fulbright grantee (2017-2019).