Susana de Sousa Dias | PT 2009 | 93 min. foto

Material: DV
Format: DigiBeta
Original language: Portuguese

Script: Susana de Sousa Dias
Camera: Octávio Espírito Santo
Editing: Susana de Sousa Dias
Sound: Armanda Carvalho

Production: Kintop, Ansgar Schäfer
Print/Sales: Kintop

Awards: Grand Prix, Cinéma du Réel – Paris 2009, FIPRESCI Preis, Dok Leipzig 2010, Best Documentary, Jihlava 2010, First Prize, Cine Independiente de Mar del Plata, Argentinia 2011



What can a portrait photograph reveal about a political system? What can a picture taken 35 years ago tell us about our contemporary society?
Based on photographs taken on the arrest of political prisoners during the Portuguese dictatorship (1926-1974), this documentary aims to convey the mechanisms by which a dictatorial regime sought to sustain its existence throughout 48 years. – Susana de Sousa Dias


Susana de Sousa Dias, born in 1962 in Lisbon. She completed her Master's Degree in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art at the University of Lisbon and gained a Degree in Cinema from the Higher Institute of Theatre and Cinema. In 2001, she founded the production company, Kintop. Acutally she is a PhD researcher in Aesthetics and Art Sciences and Technologies (University of Paris 8 and the University of Lisbon).

Films: Still Life 2005 | 48 2009