Conversation with director Catarina Alves Costa

On November 23, 2020, an online meeting of the team of researchers from the Cultures Past & Present project was held with the director Catarina Alves Costa. The session was about the most recent film, the documentary Viagem aos Makonde/A Journey to the Makonde’s ( (2020) and Margot Dias archives, the publication of the book and DVD Margot Dias. Ethnographic Films (1958-1961), in 2016, a co-edition between Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema, I.P. and the National Museum of Ethnology, organized by Catarina Alves Costa and Paulo Ferreira da Costa.


The documentary Viagem aos Makonde (2020) was funded by DOC TV from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), produced by Midas Filmes. Developed within the framework of the ARCHÉ Universities Award for Best Project, DOCLISBOA 2018 Best Documentary Award and Popular Jury Award at the International Film Festival of the Ethnographic Film of Recife, Brazil (2019). The CPLP Audiovisual program seeks to encourage exchange and encourage audiovisual production in Portuguese-speaking countries. The initiative includes Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, East Timor, Guinea Bissau, as well as Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Catarina Alves Costa is a director and anthropologist. She made, among other films, Viagem aos Makonde/ A Journey to the Makonde’s (2020) Pedra e Cal (2016), Falamos de António Campos (2010), Nacional 206 (2009), O Arquiteto e a Cidade Velha (2004), Mais Alma (2000), Swagatam (1998), Senhora Aparecida (1994) and recently shared the realization of A Ramadan in Lisbon (2019). Graduated in Social Anthropology, she did her Master’s at the Granada Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Ph.D. at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa with the thesis Camponeses do Cinema. Representations of Popular Culture in Portuguese Cinema. In 2000 she founded, with Catarina Mourão, the production company Laranja Azul where films by Daniel Blaufuks, Sílvia Firmino, and João Ribeiro, among others, were produced, among others. She is an Assistant Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Coordinator of the Master in Anthropology – Visual Cultures. Coordinates the Audiovisual Laboratory, Pole FCSH of the Network Center in Anthropology / CRIA. She organized the Ethnographic Archives of Margot Dias filmed in Mozambique and Angola between 1958 and 1961 for the Cinematheque / Museu do Cinema. She also teaches at the masters and doctorates at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil, and at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Barcelona. Among others, she received the Best Documentary Award at the Recife Ethnographic Film Festival (2019), Critics Award in the Paths of Portuguese Cinema (2009), Planéte Award at the Bilan du Film Ethnographique (1999), the Society for Visual Excellence Award Anthropology American Anthropological Association Film Festival, USA and the 1st Prize of the festival VII Rassegna Internazionale di Documentari Etnografici (1996).

VI International Congress on Cultures publishes complete program

The list of panels and papers approved for presentation at the VI International Congress on Cultures is now available. This year’s edition will be held online on November 18-20, 2020.

The Cultures Past & Present project will be present in panel 4 “Memory, art, museology and cultural expressions”, to be held on November 20, at 12:00 (GMT). This panel seeks to stimulate the debate on the role of cultural, artistic and educational products in the (re) construction of individuals’ social memory. It is intended to question images, narratives and sounds disseminated by these products, as well as processes of dissemination and mediation of these productions and their impact on the reformulation of the world, and of the artistic and cultural expressions themselves. Researchers Moisés de Lemos Martins, Rosa Cabecinhas, Isabel Macedo and Alice Balbé (Cultures Past&Present project), Madalena Oliveira and Cláudia Martinho (Audire project), Rita Ribeiro and Carmo Lorena (Festivity project), both from the Communication and Society Research Center (CECS), from the University of Minho, will be on the panel table.

In addition to panel 4, researcher Moisés de Lemos Martins, Full Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences will participate, along with Miriam Tavares (CIAC / University of Algarve) and Messias Bandeira (IHAC / UFBA), in panel 3 “The three Cultures and digital technologies: a new healthy coexistence? ”.

In the Working Groups, researchers Martins Mapera, Armindo Armando and Pedrito Cambrao (both from the Zambezi University), discuss National Unity in Cultural Diversity: what challenges for Mozambique? In addition to this communication, researcher Martins Mapera will also present the research MWARUSI: a utopia for the empowerment of women, together with Rosa Gimo, Júlio Macário and Nelson Moda. Both in GT2 – Cultural Diversity, Rights, Gender and Sexuality.

In Working Group 4 – Culture, Science, Health, Ways of Life and Consumption, which brings the impacts of the pandemic by Covid-19 on the production of knowledge, the researcher from CECS and the project Vítor Sousa, presents with Pedro Rodrigues Costa (CECS / UM), Edson Capoano (CECS / UM) and Carlos Pimenta (UPorto) the research: Not even death unites us. The future of humanity in post-Covid-19.

The International Congress on Cultures is an annual initiative of the Network of Universities dedicated to the study of Cultures that includes universities in Portugal, Brazil and Mozambique, namely: Universidade do Minho, Universidade da Beira Interior, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo Bahia and Zambezi University.