Identification Photos (Retratos de Identificação)
dir. Anita Leandro
Brazil / 2014 / 72′
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Anita Leandro.
Thursday 25th February, 6:30PM
Ben Pimlott Building Lecture Theatre (aka: the art building)
Goldsmiths, University of London
(campus map here. Look for building 13)
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
The event is free but it is advisable to book a place
Two Brazilian former guerrillas get their first glimpse of police identification photos taken after their respective arrests during the military dictatorship. The past resurfaces through the images, and with it comes a story of crimes so far unaccounted for.
During the military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985), the political prisoners were photographed by the police in different situations: investigations, arrests, torture, medical examinations, processes of banning, enquiries and autopsies. Nowadays, this documentation is revealed as pieces of evidence of crimes and violent acts committed by the armed forces and by the Civil Police.
The photos reproduced in this film, taken from military archives, refer to the arrest of four people who were barbarously tortured: Espinosa, who by that time was the Commander of the armed organization VAR-Palmares, talks about his wife Dora and their common friend Chael, who was violently tortured; Guarany, from another organization, ALN, meets Dora when they are being released from prision in exchange for the life of the Swiss ambassador Giovanni Bucher, who was kidnapped by the guerrillas. In exile, without passports, Guarany and Dora will live together under permanent police supervision in Chile, Mexico, Belgium, France and Germany. One day, in Berlin, Dora will put an end in this situation.
Anita Leandro is a documentary filmmaker and professor of cinema studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. For six years she coordinated the professional masters course “Documentary filmmaking and appreciation of archives” for the University of Bordeaux, France. She has also produced documentaries and audiovideo installations.
Filmography and video installations
Autopsie, sound installation, Exhibition Arquivos da ditadura, Brazil, 2014.
Identification Photos, sound installation, Exhibition Arquivos da ditadura, Brazil, 2014.
Evocação da estética da fome, por Lucia Rocha, documentary, 90 min, Brazil, 2002.
Quem teve é que sabe, documentary, 80 min, Brazil, 2005.
Animaizinhos, fiction et documentary, 62 min, Brazil, 2008.
Patativa do Sertão, documentary, 52 min, Brazil, 2008.
Chefes e outros, fiction and documentary, 50 min, Brazil, 2007.
Lélio e Lina, fiction and documentary, 70 min, Brazil, 2007.
Sinapses, video installation, Exhibition Nutes 30 anos, Brazil, 2003.
Le cru et le cuit, video installation, Brazil, 2004.
This screening is organised with and supported by the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths.