19 Abr Through Shadows

Pelas Sombras

Fri 15 May, 12:15pm at University of
Edinburgh, 50 George Square

Catarina Mourão –  Portugal 1999 – 90m

Portuguese with English subtitles

Through Shadows1

Thirty-five years after it’s independence from the Portuguese colonial rule, Goa is definitely a state of many contrasts. Together with a strong migrating Hindu population, there is still a Portuguese speaking minority which seems somewhat frozen in nostalgia and kept in a strange time limbo.
Aida, the Lady of Chandor, lives alone in Goa. At 82 years of age she devotes each day to caring for her beautiful old house, a house which has survived three centuries of Portuguese colonial rule. Without the Lady of Chandor the house will die. Without the house Aida would loose her reason for living. But inside this house time moves in a magical way and both the house and the Lady of Chandor seem immortal.

Award for Best Documentary in the IX International Documentary Film Festival of Malaposta, Lisbon, November 1998 , the Best Script Award at the VIIIth International Ethnographic Film Festival of Belgrade, September 1999 and the prize for Cinema Revelation by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Prémio Aurélio da Paz dos Reis.