Film Club of Faro takes “Liberating the Memory” cycle to the Fortress of Sagres

Once a month, always on Saturdays, at 17:30 pm, during the months of June to September, making four sessions, with free admission

under the rug

The Film Club of Faro takes this year to Fortaleza de Sagres the cinema cycle free the memory, with the artistic coordination of Luísa Baptista, as part of the DiVaM program – Dynamization and Enhancement of Monuments 2023, with the support of the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve.

The cycle free the memory takes place once a month, always on Saturdays, at 17 pm, during the months of June to September, making up four sessions, with free admission.

«Through accurate choices of films and/or documentaries, we will address the theme (un)comfortable heritage of DiVaM 2023. We decided that the best way to do this would be in a plural and integrated way, opening these choices to a group of guest curators who, although with different personal and professional paths, have in common the direct or family origin of territories affected by the colonization and are linked together by study, thought, culture and action on themes of memory and post-colonialism and their still present consequences», explains the organization.

Cinema assumes itself here as «an instrument and transforming language, of education and knowledge of what is the necessary re-reading of History and reality agreed by a pre-established Eurocentric ideology, assuming here its less luminous, tense and sometimes conflicting," he adds.

«Looking at current events, it seems that perhaps the story is not so well told», says the organization.

So there will be contributions from Gisela Casimiro, Luca Argel, Suzano Costa and Kitty Furtado who, each month, «will be responsible for the content to be displayed and participate indirectly (it will be a surprise) in each of the sessions».

Using various cinematographic proposals that address themes such as (de)colonization, slavery, social segregation, places and identities, forms of organization, social and cultural dichotomies, legacies of post-memories, «through this medium, we open space for a plurality of perspectives and alternating visions of fragmentary issues of society as necessary as these that surround the theme of (un)comfortable heritage».

To complete the exhibitions, there will also be a literary curation by Marta Tecla and the Buala project – books chosen to frame, challenge and open new paths and awareness for these themes and which can be purchased in each session.

Libertar a Memória has Buala and the bookstore A Internacional (from Lagos) as partners and with the support of Multicópias – Centro de Soluções Gráficas.

The detailed schedule of the film cycle Liberar a Memória can be consulted here.





GISELA CASIMIRO is a writer, artist, performer and activist. She is the author of «Erosão», «Giz», «Estendais», and the text and dramaturgy of «Casa com Árvores Dentro».

He has published in several magazines and anthologies, such as «Reconstituição Portuguesa», awarded at Cannes.

He was a columnist for Hoje Macau, Buala, and Setenta e Quatro. He acted in shows by Ana Borralho & João Galante, Romeo Castellucci, Raquel André and Cristina Carvalhal.

He participated in exhibitions at the Municipal Galleries of Porto and Lisbon. It is part of the António Cachola Collection. He co-coordinates the Batalha Reading Club. He is a member of UNA – União Negra das Artes.


CATARINA DEMONY was born in Lisbon in 1992, but grew up in the Algarve town of São Brás de Alportel.

At the age of 16, he moved to the United States and then to London, where he graduated in Journalism at Kingston University, and also studied in Australia.

He worked in Communications at several NGOs, launched a project to tell the stories of Portuguese speakers in the British capital, edited a platform for young journalists and later took a Masters in Global Conflict in Scotland.

He started by working in local journalism in the United Kingdom, until he became a correspondent for the international agency Reuters in Lisbon, where he takes what is happening in Portugal to the world and covers various subjects, from economics to politics.

She is the executive producer of Under the Rug, a documentary about the involvement of her ancestors in the trafficking of enslaved people in the Atlantic and the consequences of that past today.

More than a decade ago, Portuguese journalist Catarina Demony discovered that her family had a hidden past. Her ancestors, the Matoso de Andrade and Câmara, were among the biggest traders of enslaved people in Angola between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.

At that time, he came across a conflicting family story and, since then, he decided that he needed to tell it. With time and age, she also began to understand the direct link between her ancestors' involvement in the transatlantic trade and what was happening around her: structural racism, violence, segregation.

This documentary talks about a story that is far from unique in Portugal: a family that made money at the expense of human beings, who were forcibly removed from their land and stripped of their dignity. Money that indirectly gave Catarina and so many others the privileges they enjoy today.

Together with director Carlos Costa, the documentary not only tells the story of Catarina's family but also talks about the consequences of slavery – and the more recent colonial past – in Portugal today.

Both want to explain why the subject continues to be a “taboo” in Portuguese society and why, today more than ever, it is important to remove the subject “under the rug”.


Bárbara OLIVEIRA was born in Porto in 1991 and hopes to become a storyteller.

Graduated in 2014 in the Design and Multimedia Animation course at the Higher School of Technology and Management of Portalegre. During her degree, she made a short film called “Kilamba” which received an honorable mention at the “Cinanima” festival.

She worked as artistic director and set designer on the short film “Estilhaços”, directed by José Miguel Ribeiro. She finished her graduation short film, co-directed with João Rodrigues, called “Lugar em Parte Não”.



JOÃO RODRIGUESwas born in Lisbon in 1993. He graduated in Animation and Multimedia Design at the Superior School of Technology and Management in Portalegre.

He interned at the animation production company Praça Filmes, where he did graphic studies and storyboarding for the Nayola project, directed by José Miguel Ribeiro. He was an animator for the film 20 Drawings and a Hug and Shrapnel, also directed by José Miguel Ribeiro.

He co-directed the film Lugar em Parte Não with Bárbara Oliveira, which was his final course film.



MARTHA SPEAR (Lisbon, 1976). With a degree in Portuguese Literature and a PhD in Artistic Studies, she has been investigating postcolonial issues, memory disputes and knowledge production in collaborative platforms.

She is an independent worker in the areas of culture and journalism, regularly doing projects in Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea and Brazil.

Created and edited, since 2010, the BUAL portal, transdisciplinary and collaborative that owes its name to the word of origin quimbundu and lingala in the sense of neighborhood, periphery.

Valuing the idea of ​​community, acting in the fields of thought, art and memory, in a transversal and problematizing way, it accompanies the postcolonial debate and the various critical voices that have built it, in the fields of history, social sciences in general, literature, cinema, art and journalism.


O CINECLUBE OF FARO, founded on April 6, 1956, is a non-profit cultural association, with Public Utility status, aimed at disseminating cinema and using it as an instrument of training and culture, that is, to study, promote and encourage all aspects related to cinema, namely technical, historical, cultural, artistic and political.

Throughout its 67 years of uninterrupted existence, the guiding principles of its activity have been the dissemination of cinema in a critical way; the stimulation of interest in other arts related to cinema; the promotion of common actions with cultural entities and associations; the promotion of film clubs and the active defense of freedom of expression and association.

Its activity is centered on the exhibition and dissemination of films in Faro and throughout the Algarve, with a relevant role in educating audiences for cinema.

But it also involves editing catalogues; realization of film-concerts, conferences, debates/meetings with national and international cinema professionals and musical shows having Cinema as a backdrop.


LOUISA BAPTISTA Born in Odeceixe, graduated in Communication Sciences at the University of Algarve and post-graduated in Cultural Management at INDEG/ISCTE, Lisbon.

Here she developed a large part of her professional career as a programmer and producer of several projects, of which the following stand out: production assistant at the Luís Serpa Projetos and Baginski galleries, creative director of Noites de Porcelana – cycle of cinema. Executive producer at the headquarters of LxFactory – Centro de Indústrias Criativas.

In the Algarve, where she lives, she was the executive producer of the Plastic Arts of Faro, National Capital of Culture 2005. At Rizoma Lab – Cultural Association, it organized projects, supported: multimedia concerts and the exhibition “Um Mar de Filmes”.

In 2021, he completed training in Film Programming and Exhibition, organized by the Center for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, in partnership with ICA – Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, and in 2022 the training Access to Participation Cultural: an integrated view, online – by Maria Vlachou (Acesso Cultura), organized by Fundação Bienal Arte de Cerveira.


Place in Nowhere



SATURDAYS || 17:30 pm
Free admission with pre-booking: [email protected]

JUNE 24st
Curator: Gisela Casimiro
Place in Nowhere (2016) – Portugal, ANI, DOC, 7min Bárbara de Oliveira and João Rodrigues + under the rug (2023) – Portugal, DOC, 48min Catarina Demony & Carlos A. Costa

Curator: Luca Argel
nannies (2010) – Brazil, DOC, 20min Consuelo Lins + What time does she come back? (2015) – Brazil, Drama, 1h47min Anna Muylaert

(referring to 23 August – International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition)
Curatorship: Suzano Costa
I Am Not Your Negro – I Am Not Your Negro (2016), France, USA, DOC, 1h33min Raoul Peck

Curator: Kitty Furtado
I'm not pilates (2019) – Portugal, DOC, 11min Welket Búnguè + Catastrophe Monument (2022) – Portugal, DOC, 69min Coletivo Left Hand Rotation & Cósmica

In all sessions