Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Berkeley Art Musuem Pacific Film Archive
Susana de Sousa Dias is an award-winning Portuguese independent filmmaker. In 2014 she received a Ph.D. in Fine-Arts Video from the University of Lisbon, with a thesis on Archive footage and Decelerated Movement, a theoretical work that accompanied the making of her second long feature essay documentary. She is co-founder of the production company Kintop where she works as director and editing consultant. From 2010-2012 she was a member of the board of the Portuguese Documentary Association APORDOC, and in 2012 she formed a women collective who directed for two consecutive years the Lisbon International Documentary Festival Doclisboa. She engaged particularly in the creation of new sections of the festival such as “Cinema of Urgency” and “Passages” (Documentary and Contemporary Art). One of the most notorious aspects of her work is the artistic integration of archival footage dating from the Portuguese dictatorship (1926-1974). She teaches New Media at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and is an author of diverse essays on cinema, mainly dealing with subjects related to her own work.
Co-sponsored by the Pacific Film Archive, the Arts Research Center, and UCHRI.
ARC’s 2018-19 program is a collaboration between ARC Interim Director Natalia Brizuela (Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese), Tarek Elhaik (Anthropology, UC Davis), Anneka Lenssen (History of Art), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies), and Poulomi Saha (English), supported by a generous grant from the The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).
This project was supported in part by the University of California Office of the President MRPI funding MR-15-328710.