“Sustainable communities”

2nd International Heritage Film Festival | May - October 2017

Main Event  21 - 22 - 23 SEP 2017 | ÉVORA (Portugal)



Heritales – International Heritage Film Festival 2017 - “Sustainable communities”

Heritales - International Heritage Film Festival seeks to disseminate narratives of a filmic and graphic nature related to material and immaterial cultural heritage. In this way, it focuses its role on a major area of ​​UNESCO, communication and information.

In this edition 2017, Heritales focuses its topic on sustainable communities, which is one of the 17 objectives of UNESCO's 2030 agenda. Thus, of the many ways to disseminate culture, Heritales relies on the seventh art to recover the patrimonial value of the community, specifically in the viability of sustainable communities, whether current or historical.

It turns the cinema into a voice that spread the message of sustainability existing in different cultures, showing potential paths of development in line with the conservation of an environment. It considers that the film medium is unique in preserving culture, since it is one of the most direct ways of reproducing popular memory (in its various forms of oral, visual, practical or written transmission), maintaining forever a community knowledge through the illusion of the moving images.

The sessions comprise both the projection spaces and the film with its subsequent debate. This is intended to establish a cultural dialogue between two levels of communities: the one that is projected on the screens, and the audience that receives these messages. That exchange between the authors of the films and their receiving audience, increase a cultural knowledge that could change own perception and personal vision that will stay in forever.

The ambience of the festival is enhanced by the spaces where it is celebrated. These are places that are not normally conceived to project films, but rather encounter areas that have traditionally served the community to socialize. From private historical spaces, such as churches or the association, to public spaces, such as the square or the courtyard of a convent. Places that for their architectural value today have become the material heritage of the city of Évora. Finally, it is proposed to project sessions in other places with a potential heritage value, such as small neighborhood of Évora and the interior of Portugal.


Le jardin d'Ewald

The attempt of Senegalese people, to outwit one of the greatest mass murderers of our time. Silently, insidiously and always with full force: the overpowering villain, which the Senegalese have to oppose year after year carries the name 'drought'. Drought and the disappearance of water, plants and animals in the rural areas of Senegal can’t be prevented, calculated or stopped. Or could there be a way?

A farmer, an artist, a gardener and a young boy from Senegal have one thing in common: mastering everyday life with the lack of water in one of the driest regions on earth. The race for the best protection strategy in times of the climate change and disappearance has already begun. A balancing act between tradition and innovation, the country life and the promise of the city.

Alexandra Pille

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Meu Pescador Meu Velho

At 2005 Carnival’s night, something mysterious happens at the bay of Porto Formoso, in Azores Islands, leaving the fishing boats wrecked. Next morning, the population believes that what happened was a consequence of the deadly Indonesian Tsunami that took place two months before, thousands of miles away.  With institutional support, fishermen build themselves two bigger ships, but at the village’s small and natural harbor, it is almost impossible to deck them.  Fishermen then demand the construction of a new and bigger concrete harbor, but many inhabitants are opposed due to the natural value of the landscape and to a castle’s ruins that lay there. If to some residents the natural landscape and the ruins look worthless, for many more they are the village’ soul and future, as a lot of tourists would like to come to visit them… Can tourism be compatible with other economic activities, or annuls them by turning places into show stages?  Which is the community’s weight in the decision processes? As time goes on, the landscape of this community transforms, and so does the life and thoughts of its habitants. Following the director´s voice, we follow the story of the last 7 years of this community.

Amaya Sumpsi

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A Propósito de Leixões

"A Propósito de Leixões"/"Apropos of Leixões" (2015, 39 min) is a glance into Leixões harbor throughout the times  -from the moment there are moving images representing the area till today- with a special focus on the construction of the new Cruise Terminal and University of Porto's Research Center building. A commission by APDL and UP, the film is divided in two parts: the first, based entirely on archival footage, looks into the construction, expansion and activity of the harbour; the second part, contemporary, looks into the construction of the building using a timelapse (made out of 156K photos) as well as present images of the intense, complex and diverse activity of the harbour.
NOTES: the film was made to be presented as a film-concert. The soundtrack of the link we're sending was performed by Torto at Arquiteturas Film Festival 2016 and can be used/screened as is, though the best scenario is to have a band performing live.

Andre Valentim

Paulo Cunha

Category: Documentary - Duration: 39' - Spoken Language: No - Subtitle Available: No - Production Date: 15-09-2015 - Producer/Production Entity: Joana Miranda // TVU. - Universidade do Porto + APDL

Memory is not about the past

The short documentary “Memory is Not About the Past” aims to understand how former East Germany is remembered in accordance with the general national historic discourse today. The film focuses on members of the Third Generation East, meaning individuals born in the GDR between 1975 and 1985, who experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as a child or young adolescent. The field of research is the city of Berlin and all its former East German districts. The intent of this ethnographic encounter is not to solely observe and conduct interviews, but also to stage encounters with the participants in order to access the different layers of memory and perception.

Anne Chahine

Category: Short Documentary - Duration: 19' - Spoken Language: German - Subtitle Available: English - Production Date: 31-01-2017 - Producer/Production Entity: Anne Chahine

Por quem lá tendes | Encomendação das Almas em Penha Garcia

The Encouragement of Souls is an annual practice that takes place during Lent at midnight on the streets of several villages in the county of Idanha-a-Nova. It began to be documented from the 1950s by several ethnographers and folklorists and in 2017 justified a process of patrimonialization, in which local authorities, local scholars and a significant group of Idanhenses participated.
In Penha Garcia, a women's group stands in three high places so that their voices are heard a little throughout the village. These women believe that singing and praying with one voice are packing their loved ones who are no longer here, towards the sky, where they can find eternal peace. This visual ethnography is the result of an investigation that has taken place since 2014, which aims to understand the importance and impact of this and other manifestations, their protagonists and contexts in the 21st century in Penha Garcia.

Antonio Ventura

Category: Short Documentary - Duration: 5' - Spoken Language:Portughes - Subtitle Available: No - Production Date: 29-09-2017 - Producer/Production Entity: Fundação para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (FCT); Instituto de Etnomusicologia - Música e Dança (INET-md) pólo Universidade de Aveiro

Next stop: La Latina

"Next stop: La Latina" is a short documentary aimed to explore some nightlife-driven processes of touristification in a central neighborhood in Madrid (La Latina). Through the voices of different inhabitants of this place (long-term residents and ex-residents; workers from a local coalyard and a decaying retail market; ocasional or devoted night-revelers), along with well-recognized urban scholars, such as Michael Janoschka (Contested Cities) and Jorge Sequera (Oficina de Urbanismo Social), we explore the diversity of ways to understand the changes around this neighborhood. This documentary was filmed during over 2 years (2014-2016) and it is part of a broader ethnographic work, aiming to better provide provocative questions than ended answers: What is happening at downtown Madrid? What is a tourist and what an inhabitant? Who are the legitime owners of a place´s identity? What is the displacement? How can we visualize it?

Begoña Aramayona

Category: Short Documentary - Duration: 18' - Spoken Languae: Sapnish - Subtitle Available: Spanish, English - Production Date: 30-03-2017 - Producer/Production Entity: Imaginario Social

My Sarangi Your Sarangi

All the footages used in this film were shot between April-June 2014 (with the use of a Gopro Camera, hence the fish eye wide angle), when I was I conducting fieldwork in Nepal as part of my MA thesis in Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology from Leiden University, Netherlands.
This film focuses on the dynamics of interplay between caste, social position and cultural practice amongst the music-making Gandharba caste, a community that has historically been marginalised as Untouchables or Dalits in Nepal. By examining the interaction between the Gandharbas and the Sarangi (a musical instrument), we witness a successful channelling of articulate imaginaries that emanate from an awareness of social and cultural history and economic opportunity. It further seeks to elucidate the complex and myriad ways in which individuals or societies are realised and cognised, negotiated or enforced, manifested or obscured, reproduced or altered, through the realm of objects.
The Sarangi encompasses a social matter that allows for a focus into cultural meanings and social relationships about the myriad, affective and sensory relations that people maintain with “things”. As a socially vigorous object, it provides some valuable insights into notions of caste, property and ownership, identity and the nation.

Bhokraj Gurung

Category: Documentary - Duration: 32' - Spoken Languae: Nepali - Subtitle Available: English - Production Date: 01-08-2016 - Producer/Production Entity: Bhokraj Gurung

Por la verea. Routes of transhumance in Andalusia

Pedro Pérez, his brother Tomás and two more shepherds guide their flock from Sierra Morena to Sierra de Segura, in the province of Jaén (Andalusia). It’s the transhumance, the seasonal migration of cattle, which characterized for centuries European sheep farming and which a handful of stubborn shepherds (progressively fewer) don’t resign. This film documents part of the springtime route of Pérez brothers, whose testimony given «por la verea» («on the route») reveals to us the anthropological and ecological reasons to continue this practice.

Dario Ranocchiari

Category: Documentary - Duration: 41' - Spoken Languae: Spanish - Subtitle Available: English, Italian - Production Date: 30-09-2017 - Producer/Production Entity: Dario Ranocchiari and Ángel Acuña Delgado, Universidad de Granada

Real Conquista

In Goiânia, in the neighborhood Real Conquista, a woman, marked by a strong past of violence, fights for better conditions of life.

Fabiana Assis

Category: Short Documentary - Duration: 14' - Spoken Languae: Portugues - Subtitle Available: English - Production Date: 21-02-2017 - Producer/Production Entity: Fabiana Assis

The Number of Steps

Antonio Moretti, one of the last great elders of Cerqueto, is seated on a piece of tree trunk. Almost blind, he passes his days in the garden during the warm months of the year, looking after plants, taking care of and feeding animals. One moves in this space following the signs arranged by himself and his son: sticks, branches and strings; sometimes he gets disoriented, becomes dizzy and falls down. He waits until this goes away, time no longer exists; he waits and returns home, measuring the number of steps in his mind. Who will know how to take on this difficult legacy? Memory and the future meet: whoever counts their steps knows where he can and where he wants to arrive.

Gianfranco Spitilli

Category: Short Documentary - Duration: 13' - Spoken Language: Dialect, Italian - Subtitle Available: English - Production Date: 20-12-2015 - Producer/Production Entity: Associazione Culturale Bambun - per la ricerca demoetnoantropologica e visuale

Swamp Dialogues

The Danube Delta in Romania – the ‘Last European Sanctuary’ – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While major efforts are made to protect biodiversity, the plight of local communities is largely overlooked. Social scientists claim that the traumatic nature of the swamp bears heavily on the villagers’ lives. But is Nature really to blame? Swamp Dialogues is based on extensive field-research in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Through a careful “argument montage” built entirely on cinematic language the film represents an anthropological analysis formulated in image and sound.

Ildiko Plajas

Category: Documentary - Duration: 53' - Spoken Language: Romenian, Russian - Subtitle Available: English, Portuguese - Production Date: 12-12-2015 - Producer/Production Entity: Ildiko Plajas

农家乐  Peasant Family Happiness

农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness depicts the everyday experience of “doing tourism” (搞旅游) in two rural, ethnic minority villages in contemporary China: Ping’an and Upper Jidao. Focusing on the perspectives of village residents, this film portrays how modern, rural ethnic minority Chinese negotiate between the day-to-day consequences of tourist arrivals in their communities and ideal projections of who they are and what their lives can achieve through tourism as a form of socioeconomic development. The film is distributed by Berkeley Media (http://www.berkeleymedia.com/product/peasant_family_happiness/).

Jenny Chio

Category: Documentary - Duration: 70' - Spoken Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
- Subtitle Available: English - Production Date: 01-09-2009 - Producer/Production Entity: Jenny Chio


'Afluentes' are small rivers or streams that flow towards a bigger river or lake. This documentary deals with the increase of 'spiritual tourists' in the Peruvian Amazon, neo-shamanism and the healing potential of traditional indigenous and/or mestizo plant medicine. In this case, the 'bigger river or lake' symbolizes Ayahuasca - the psychedelic brew, the mysterious so called 'the vine of the dead' that brings together a teacher, a traveler and a desperate man to the same place.
My intent is to bring about a more ethnographic view of what surrounds the phenomena of those who seek Ayahuasca, by talking not to experts but with anybody I meet during my fieldwork in Peru; to understand the framework of their belief system and how these spiritual voyages influence peoples' normal lifestyle.
'Afluentes' was presented as final work / thesis to conclude my MA in Visual Anthropology with the University of Manchester (GCVA - 2012/2013).

João Meirinhos

Category: Short Documentary - Duration: 28' - Spoken Language: Spanish - Subtitle Available: English - Production Date: 01-10-2013 - Producer/Production Entity: Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology

Bombos de Lavacolhos - O som que estremece o coração

"Bombos de Lavacolhos - O som que estremece o coração", was made with the intent of getting to know this male musical practice of rural tradition in Portugal. It was assembled from field images, interviews and testimonials. The realization of this project had institutional support of the University of Aveiro and of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia - Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança (INET-md).

Karla Regina Bach de Andrade Pedrassoli

Category: Short Documentary - Duration: 15' - Spoken Language: Portuguese - Subtitle Available: No - Production Date: 12-05-2017 - Producer/Production Entity: Karla Regina Bach de Andrade Pedrassoli

The Sound of Bells

In Minas Gerais, Brazil, bell sounds set the pace of life of the residents of the historic cities, announcing time for work, rest, pray, and celebrate. Over 40 different bell rings are known in the region, and were nominated as Brazilian Intangible Cultural Heritage. The bell ringers, characters from the top of the towers, are known to have transformed bell rings over the centuries from their colonial origins and have mixed them with the strong African heritage in Brazil. The documentary is a poetic representation of religious experience in everyday life. The feature film The Sound of Bells is part of an expanded documentary project, which is pioneering the use of new media for the dissemination of the intangible heritage. Digital technology can support increased appreciation of cultural heritage, strengthen dialogue and understanding among cultures. How do younger generations react, interact or create new ways to express their cultural heritage? The project works with the combination of memory and new technologies, sound mapping and community engagement through a transmedia production that includes an online multimedia platform with sound cartography and innovative content, an interactive documentary, audiovisual public interventions on churches facades and an award-winning audio guide app for mobile devices.


Marcia Mansur

Marina Thomé

Category: Documentary - Duration: 70' - Spoken Language: Portuguese - Subtitle Available: English - Spanish - Production Date: 16-07-2016 - Producer/Production Entity: Estúdio CRUA

Faber Navalis

Faber Navalis is Latin for Boatbuilder: words in an ancient language for describing an ancient profession.
This film is an experiment in autobiographical ethnography: a combination of aesthetics and ethnography which attempts to transmit the state of mind of a shipwright at work on the restoration of an old wooden ship recognized as historical maritime treasure by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage.

Maurizio Borriello

Category: Documentary - Duration: 33' - Spoken Language: No - Subtitle Available: No - Production Date: 16-04-2015 - Producer/Production Entity: Maurizio Borriello

Nosso Morro

In Rio de Janeiro, ten young people coming from socioeconomic environments as opposed as the wealthy neighborhood of Gávea and the favela Rocinha, are to make a documentary of their own creation. The young participants decide to use the resources and knowledge facilitated by the Big Tree Collective to cinematically explore the socio-spatial segregation of the environment that they share on their daily lives. The film unveils the personal stories of the inhabitants of one and the other side of the mountain, while reflecting on the creation of a youth-based documentary narrative. An experimental film that brings to the screen a creative testimony that reveals the vacuum of stereotypes, offering new attitudes and perspectives that foresee a better future for both communities, and the city.

Big Tree Collective

Category: Documentary - Duration: 36' - Spoken Language: Portuguese - Subtitle Available: English - Production Date: 01-09-2015 - Producer/Production Entity: Big Tree Collective

Que Estranha Forma de Vida / What a Strange Way of Life

Documentary about alternative ways of life, with a vision of the future based on sustainability.
In this Documentary, will be addressed ways of life that are parallel to society as we know it.
We will closely follow the eco-village Cabrum, a recent community in northern Portugal; Cooperativa Integral Catalana, in Barcelona, which practices self-management with its own coin - the Eco; and finally, the self-sustaining community - Tamera - also located in Portugal. With almost 20 years of existence. A research center for peace, with a Free Love philosophy, searching for self-sufficiency. It’s a Biotype for the global consciousness cure. All these projects, alternatives to the System, seek to live in harmony with a vision of the future based on sustainability and cooperation between human, animal and nature.
They are searching for solutions to global problems, locally acting and they promise to turn the current paradigms, obsolete.

Pedro Serra

Category: Documentary - Duration: 109' - Spoken Language: Portuguese, Spanish, English - Subtitle Available: Portuguese, English - Production Date: 05-05-2015 - Producer/Production Entity: Pedro Serra and Laura Pazo

À Descoberta Dos Oceanos

Fontes hidrotermais. Uma fonte de vida ou uma fonte de mistérios? Quando se perde no oceano profundo, o Tentáculos encontra um surpreendente oásis de vida. Junta-te ao Tentáculos para perceber como pode haver vida nas fontes hidrotermais.

Oceanos. Uma fonte interminável de energia limpa.
O Tentáculos sente-se sem energia, mas o que não falta é energia no oceano. Junta-te ao Tentáculos e vem descobrir como podemos aproveitar a energia do mar.

Onda da Nazaré. Uma onda tão grande como a sua fama.
No maravilhoso oceano do Tentáculos há uma onda que se destaca: a onda da Nazaré. Chega a ter mais de 20 metros de altura e atrai surfistas destemidos de todo o mundo. Junta-te ao Tentáculos e vem saber mais sobre esta onda gigante.

A sardinha e o upwelling. Uma história que acaba no prato ou no pão.
Enquanto o Tentáculos se diverte num arraial dos santos populares, descobre porque é que as sardinhadas são o pitéu de eleição dos portugueses durante o verão.

Oceano. O grande pulmão azul.
Temos mais a agradecer ao oceano do que o que pensamos. Junta-te ao Tentáculos, enquanto este se tenta desembaraçar de uma alga teimosa, e descobre mais sobre o importante papel do oceano para o planeta Terra.



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Category: Documentary-Animation - Duration: 60' - Spoken Language: Portuguese - Subtitle Available: English - Production Date: 2016 - Producer/Production Entity: EMEPC, Sardinha em Lata



This film was shot in The Monastery of Batalha, a world heritage site that is a wonderful piece of architecture, still unfinished and an inspirational locus for filming as a reflection of moving images. The film happens in the threshold between the material and the intangible as it asks for the viewer's unique perception and emotional engagement with what is (not) happening in the narrative. The video is at odds with the tendencies in video art and it deals mostly with time, a slow time that gets the viewer deep into images and possible meanings and feelings. The non- linear narrative breaks into fragments but to evoke the imaginary, something that moves us but we can't necessarily grasp and explain. In a way, it's a metaphysical experience as well and not a film to excite senses and provoke stimuli in a fast pace. Technology brings up this paradox too: the most contemporary can also be the most anachronic object as it never ends or closes meanings. Each viewer can create his own path as he /she creates his own time for meditation and enlightenment.
The musical score was built to evoke both worlds, one as the reflection of the other: the surface and the deep in kind of sound and image alchemy. Loops are horizontal (moving images) and vertical (perception/ film and viewer relationship) expansions of subjectivity and experience.

Ana Barroso


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