Transmission from the Liberated Zones

  • Transmission from the Liberated Zones

  • Auteur : Filipa CESAR
  • Année : 2016
  • Catégorie : ESSAY
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  • Original title : Transmission from the Liberated Zone
  • Director : Filipa César
  • Production : Filipa César et Spectre Productions
  • Commissioned by : Tensta konsthall as part of The Eros Effect: Art, Solidarity Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice.
  • With the support of : Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
  • Length : 30 min

Transmission from the Liberated Zones, is an experiment bringing together statements and documents accessed and presented by a young boy through a low-fidelity feedback channel – a resonance studio to wander back and forth through time and subjects, between tepid and tropic encounters. This essay departs from the concept of Liberated Zones a designation used to describe areas freed from Portuguese domination, organised and managed by the guerrilla militants of the PAIGC in Guinea, during the 11-year liberation war 1963-74. The Swedish protagonists are diplomate Folker Löfgren, filmmaker Lennart Malmer, filmmaker and psychologist Ingela Romare and politician Birgitta Dahl, all of them visited the zones in the early 1970. The contemporary presenter reflects his own condition and states that recalling instances of liberation prepares the ground for further recurrences.



04/2018 - EMAF, Osabrueck, Germany
10/2017 - Video Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil (Art Collection Price)
06/2017 - Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Berlin, Germany
03/2017 - Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris, France
10/2016 - BFI London, Experimenta, UK
08/2016 - FESTCURTASBH, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
05/2016 - Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK Premiere)
04/2016 - International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, German Competition, Oberhausen, Germany
04/2016 - Indielisboa, Lisboa, Portugal (Portuguese Premiere)
03/2016 - Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Stockhom, Sweden (International Premiere)
02/2016 - Berlinale, Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany (World Premiere)

01/2018 - Goethe Institute-Israël, Tel Aviv, Israël
11/2016 - Séance Phantom, Paris, France

10/2016 - State (in) Concepts, Paris, France


Born at Porto 1975. Lives and works in Berlin
Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, the fictional dimensions of the documentary and the economies, politics and poetics inherent to cinema praxis. Great part of César's experimental films have been focussed on the spectres of resistance in Portugal’s geo-political past, questioning mechanisms of history production and proposing spaces for performing subjective knowledge. Since 2011, César has been researching the origins of cinema in Guinea-Bissau, its imaginaries and potencies, developing that research into the collective project Luta ca caba inda (the struggle is not over yet). She was a participant of the research projects Living Archive (2011-13) and Visionary Archive (2013-15) both organised by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin.
Selected Film Festivals include :
Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 2013; Curtas Vila do Conde, 2012-2015; Forum Expanded - Berlinale, 2013 and 2016; IFFR, Rotterdam, 2010, 2013 and 2015; Indie Lisboa, 2010; DocLisboa,2011.

Selected exhibitions and screenings include :
8th Istanbul Biennial, 2003; Serralves Museum, Porto, 2005; Tate Modern, London, 2007; SFMOMA, 2009; 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010; Manifesta 8, Cartagena, 2010,Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2011-2015; Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2012; Kunstwerke, Berlin, 2013; Festival Meeting Points 7, 2013-14; NBK, Berlin, 2014; Hordaland Art Center, Bergen, 2014; SAAVY Contemporary, Berlin 2014-15, Futura, Prague 2015; Khiasma, Paris 2011, 2013 and 2015; Tensta konsthall, 2015.

F for Fake (2005)
Rapport (2007)
Le Passeur (2008)
The Four Chambered Heart (2009)
Memograma (2010)
Sol Miné (2014)
Transmission from the Liberated Zones(2016)
Spell Reel (2017)
Sunstone (2018)