- Dias, Susana de Sousa, director.
- Portugal : Kintop, 2009.
- Physical Description
- DVD-ROM (93 min.)
- The photographs capture their subjects frontally and in profile. They are official pictures, part of the record of repression taken by the dreaded PIDE, the secret police. What can a portrait photograph reveal about a political system? What can a picture taken 35 years ago tell us about our own society? Based on photographs taken following the arrest of political prisoners during the Portuguese dictatorship (1926-1974), "48" aims to convey the mechanisms by which a dictatorial regime seeks to self-perpetuate. In place of a face lined with its terrifying memory marks, there are photographs, floating up out of the darkness, staring back relentlessly, pouring words out of their asymmetries, reflecting on their time spent in prison. By means of an innovative cinematographic approach Susana de Sousa succeeds in creating a film of universal impact. The film takes the viewers to the darkest realms of physical and psychological ordeals via words and still images. A poignant yet quiet outcry against oppression and inhuman treatment.
- Documentary films
- Verzio Film Festival Submission
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