Dokumenta filmo kaj marĝena muziko

Cinema Documental e as Músicas das Margens 

Documentary film & the musical fringes

SONICA EKRANO is a new documentary film festival dedicated to the music, musicians, sounds and movements at the edges of massification and popularity.

If it’s already hard to find music in a leading role even in a national panorama filled with many great film festivals, what about the “other musics”? How do we reach the exceptional films portraying artists, sounds, local and global movements, which often slip through the cracks of the wide variety of audiovisual media on offer in our present day? History is often created away from the spotlights of the media - in the present as in the past, where these histories sometimes lay dormant for decades until their (re)discovery.

The first edition of this festival creates a new space to provide the opportunity to watch cinematic works which remain (even in an age of digital platforms with on-demand content) hard to access, contributing to an increased audiovisual inclusiveness, striving to present a diversity of geographies and strike a balance between historical perspective and contemporary narratives.

The name SONICA EKRANO, written in Esperanto (meaning “Sound Screen” in English), seeks to reflect both music and cinema as “universal languages”, while also honouring the strong esperantist tradition in the south bank of the Tagus river, particularly in Barreiro and Moita (Baixa da Banheira), which will host the festival between September 9th and 18th.

Through the course of the 13 sessions, divided between the José Manuel Figueiredo Cultural Forum (9th to 12th), the Barreiro Municipal Library (13th to 16th) and the Augusto Cabrita Municipal Auditorium (17th and 18th), we’ll present an equal number of feature-length films, all of which made after 2015, almost half of them being shown in Portugal for the first time. Have a look at the programme we prepared for this event, and live it closely, in the right bank of the Tagus.

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