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Portugal: Migration related films win at IndieLisboa film festival (Unofficial translation)

The jury of the IndieLisboa film festival recently announced the award winners of its 18th edition, marking the event's return to movie theatres and outdoor sessions after COVID-19 restrictions rendered such events impossible.

The awards given favoured plots relating to racial issues, immigration, insecurities in the work environment, empowerment, feminism, and conflict, reflecting a push to encourage dialogue and greater awareness in these areas, in particular the area of migration and its social and political consequences.

Migration-related prize winners included:

  • The City of Lisbon Feature Film Grand Prix was given to Les Prières de Delphine, by Rosine Mbakam, from Cameroon. The documentary, which reflects on positions, classes and immigration, is about a young woman belonging to a generation of African women destroyed by patriarchal societies. 
  • No Táxi do Jack (In Jack’s Taxi), by Susana Nobre, was awarded Best Portuguese film. The film, which had its world premiere in Berlin in 2021, looks at the section of Portuguese society that emigrated during the dictatorship in the country and then returned after several decades.
  • Finally, the TVCine Channels Jury Special Award was given to The Inheritance by Ephraim Asili (USA). Asili's film creates a space for the gathering of voices, stories and artistic practices of black freedom.