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Filmes do Homem

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Summer Seminar

Off the Screen

Cinema, narratives, places of memory

DATE: August 1 to 6 2017

LOCATION: Melgaço House of Culture

Off the Screen is the designation for the Summer Seminar that runs alongside FILMES DO HOMEM – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival.

It will be a meeting for reflection, debate and the development of research and creative practices within the Social Sciences, Arts and Communication Sciences, around the theme Cinema, narratives, places of memory. The course is the result of a partnership between the Melgaço Town Hall and AO NORTE - Association of Animation and Audiovisual Production in collaboration with Universities and Research/ Investigation Groups in Portugal, Galicia and Brazil.

The objectives of Off the Screen are: the approximation of artistic, technological and social and human sciences approaches to cinema and digital narratives; The collaboration between Networks and Research /Investigation Groups participating in the Festival; The involvement of local populace in the activities carried out in the Course and the Festival and the contribution to the affirmation of popular culture as a source of learning and local development.

Off the Screen is structured in several theoretical, practical-theoretical and practical activities. The calendar will be divided between conferences and seminars, workshops, presentation of projects, fieldwork and viewing of films shown within the FILMES DO HOMEM festival.

Participation in the Summer Course Off the Screen is open to everyone, with all work to be undertaken during the course to be adapted to the theoretical and practical knowledge of the participant. All participants are invited to produce digital audiovisual content resulting from the application of theoretical and practical principles developed during the course. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Participants who wish to be actively involved in the course may also require Certification for curricular purposes. In this case, the work done will be subject to an evaluation by the Course Coordination. The parameters and objectives of the evaluation will be worked out together with the participant, according to their previous competences, and the work presented in portfolio format, which includes course exercises and progress reports.

Field of study

Social Sciences, Arts and Communication Sciences.

General Coordinator

José da Silva Ribeiro

Course Coordination Team

José da Silva Ribeiro / Daniel Maciel / Patrícia Nogueira / Casimiro Pinto, from the Study Group of Cinema and Digital Narratives at AO NORTE and the Collaboration of Alice Fatima Martins from the Faculty of Visual Arts of the Federal University of Goiás and Denise Machado Cardoso VISAGEM - Research Group on Visual and Image Anthropology at the Federal University of Pará.


  • Teachers and cultural animators
  • Documentary film-makers
  • Students and researchers/investigators
  • Other participants with an interest on issues of identity


The detailed schedule will be announced soon


Participant - 50€

Registration of participants from the Melgaço municipality - FREE

Registration with room and board / single room (accommodation in a hotel unit and meals on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) – 340€

Fill out the registration form, and email it, until 15 of July 2017, to


August 1

Melgaço: Between Minho and the Amazon

Carlos Eduardo Viana, Filmes do Homem Festival, AO Norte – Association of Animation and Audiovisual Production. Denise Machado Cardoso, VISAGEM, Federal University of Pará. José da Silva Ribeiro, Federal University of Goiás, CEMRI - Media and Cultural Mediations, Open University. Rosane Zanotti e José António Martinuzzo, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo.

Presentation of the Filmes do Homem Festival, cinema residencies, the films produced within RC 2016 and the cultural and research project Melgaço: Between Minho and the Amazon and Melgaço Capixaba. The session will conclude with the screening of the films made in FILMES DO HOMEM 2016 and films about Melgaço and other cities in the Amazon (Almeirim, Santarém, Alenquer).

August 2

Cinema, narratives, places of memory

Alice Fátima Martins, Faculty of Visual Arts - Federal University of Goiás José da Silva Ribeiro, Federal University of Goiás - Faculty of Visual Arts, CEMRI - Media and cultural mediations, UAb. Paula Godinho, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences - Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Sérgio Rizzo, Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP), International Academy of Cinema.

Of all that we have seen, all that we have lived, the fragments that remain are part of what we are. Or what we were supposed to be. After the advent of the cinema, the images written with lights and dancing shadows, with or without sound, took place in our memories, mixing with the dreams and memories already lived, in an irreversible process of reordering and expansion of the recognizable world, capable of being translated, imagined, remembered. These narratives of cinema are not limited to the project of recounting what has happened before the lens-eyes of the cinematographic equipment. They reinvent these events, and expand them in the space-time, redimentioning senses, paths, temporalities, horizons. The collective memories. The affections. The longing, even for those places and times that we have never inhabited.

August 3 and 4


The workshops will take place in parallel, with each participant indicating the workshop in which they wish to register.

Workshop #1
My house is my world

Álvaro António Gomes Domingues Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto

There was an old saying that went "whoever made their house in the square / took a big chance thereby / for some, it was too small / for others, it went too high." Usually associated with the domestic sphere, privacy and intimate life, the house is also a social marker of high visibility and importance. The house is a public face of its occupants, it materializes the way each one is represented and how one intends to position socially. It defines a taste, a situation of prosperity or scarcity, a vision of the world. The shape, the colors, the materials, the way the house extends to the threshold of the public space through the gardens, the decoration of the outdoor spaces, the walls, the doors ... all this composes a vast lexicon of signs that intersperse the other, inviting it to enter into the cross game of social classification and distinction. The house is therefore a social inscription device of the utmost importance. "The house places itself at the center of the migratory adventure", it is stated in the book "Dream Houses”. To leave their land, to flee from poverty in search of a better situation in another country and a project of life for themselves and their people, often means coming back on a regular basis to give an account of themselves and their new condition, radically different from the one they had upon leaving. This is why the house is loaded with small and big things, it is assumed as a gesture of rupture in relation to the past, as if it were a broad-spectrum semiotic device announcing an identity, the recognition, sharing and the difference in relation to the original belonging group or, simply, to whoever passes by.

Workshop #2
Places of memory: the house(s) (an imagined reality?)

Manuela Matos Monteiro and João Lafuente Espaço MIRA e Mira FORUM

Assuming photography as our means of intervention in the summer course, we propose to explore its potential in more than one aspect and take as a preferred starting point the following two proposals: 1) photo albums are repositories of family memories in which the house of residence or vacation is the anchor element of events and episodes of life. We ask that you bring your albums or set of photographs in which the house comes up as a trigger of narratives that can take on different final products. 2) we will follow the route of Álvaro Domingues - My house is my world – directing the photographic record of that itinerary. The confrontation with the points of view and the way of representation / interpretation of the itineraries made by the participants will provide material for reflections that will integrate the key issues of the summer course.

Workshop #3
Cinema and digital narratives - Narrative in the First Person (field practices)

Alice Fátima Martins, Faculty of Visual Arts - Federal University of Goiás João Martins, Visões Úteis (Porto), School of Music and Arts (ESMAE-IPP) and Academia Contemporânea do Espetáculo (ACE). José da Silva Ribeiro, Faculty of Visual Arts - Federal University of Goiás, CEMRI - Media and cultural mediations, UAb. Sérgio Rizzo, Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP), International Academy of Cinema.

Field diary, reflexivity, mise en abyme... First person narrative is common in cinema, literature, painting, video games, digital narratives. In this workshop we will show and analyze some of these narratives and rehearse the construction of audiovisual narratives, or interactive digital narratives from the experiences lived in Melgaço - Filmes do Homem.

Workshop #4
Education - cinema narratives and places of memory

Isa Catarina Mateus, Coordinator of the Commission of Formation at the Cineclube of Faro Graça Lobo, Coordinator of the Program - Youth Cinema School. General Direction of School Establishments – Algarve

What memory is built in School through the cinema? What films do we include in the formation of students? What is the need to create "movie readers"? How can documentary narrative be an instrument of openness to History and the Contemporary World? How to help building a collective memory? From the reflection and analysis of three films we will try to answer the questions raised. Strategies and materials will also be found for application in the classroom and in the School Library.

August 4 in the afternoon


Presentation of the projects done in the workshops.

August 5 and 6 in the afternoon

Participation in Hop to Melgaço

In the sixties thousands of Portuguese people immigrated to France "on the hop", such was called the clandestine trip of those who sought a new destiny. We propose that you take, not a bumpy ride like the one from that era, but a leap to Melgaço and share with us the programming selected as part of Filmes do Homem.