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Maxamba; 2015; DCP; 25`; Color; Portugal-USA
“With the demolition of Quinta da Vitória neighborhood (Lisbon. Portugal), our film aims to create a living archive of the history and memory of its inhabitants, as well as to mobilize an intervention in their representation in the city. The film is focused on the daily life of an older couple descendant of an Indian family, who emigrated from Mozambique, a former colony of Portugal, to Lisbon in the 1970s. The husband and wife both work out of their home in the neighborhood. As tailors, they both have a close relationship with the other inhabitants, and they are especially integrated into the Hindu community that lives in this neighborhood.”
Co-directed and Co-produced by Suzanne Barnard and Sofia Borges
Sound Design by
Don Maue
Edit by
António Gadanho
Camera and Sound by
Suzanne Barnard and Sofia Borges
Color and Credits by
Rafael Abreu-Canedo
Graphic Design by
Inês Veiga
Web Development by
João Martins
Translations by
Bijal Lalgi and Bina Joshi


Puspavantibai Valgi
Amarchande Otomchande
Ila Lalgi

Financial Support

Duquesne University

Director`s Statement
“Our collaborative film practice recognizes that a film does not represent a simple “document” of a pre-existing reality, but that it realizes a history, an archive, through the collective and/or aggregate participation of those involved in its production. (For example, in the case of our work in Quinta da Vitória, this process engaged various participants whose cultural notions of time — “everyday time,” “life-span” and “cosmological time” — were different; among other things, these differences impacted participants’ understandings of and investments in personal memory and in narrative reconstructions of “past” events). Hence, a collaborative film practice must develop means (e. g., aesthetic, interpersonal, technological) for realizing this simultaneously improvisational, hybrid, AND (potentially) temporally and historically profound process in the material reality of the film itself.”

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Suzanne Barnard is Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, a filmmaker, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, and completed postdoctoral studies at Georgetown University. She is coeditor, with Bruce Fink, of Reading Seminar XX: Lacan’s Major Work on Love, Knowledge, and Feminine Sexuality, and has published widely on Lacanian, French feminist, and Foucauldian approaches to the body and subjectivity. She also writes in film theory (focused on Deleuzean approaches to cinema, affect and subjectivity), and has presented on the film work of Pedro Costa, Ben Russell, and John Akomfrah. Her research engages psychology, philosophy, film, and ethnography, and she has taught courses on Deleuze and collaborative aesthetics, on psychology, migration and “slow cinema,” and on the posthuman in science fiction film. She received a grant from Duquesne’s Center for African Studies to create a course on global identities and African cinema, in tandem with which she curated an African Film Series in Spring 2015. She has been a video consultant for The REP Professional Theatre Company (Pittsburgh). Her film work has been supported by the Heinz Foundation, Binaural Media, the Women and Girls Foundation, and Duquesne University. She is recently the recipient, along with Christopher McCann, of an NEH Endowment Grant for a film project now in pre-production (working title: “Breath and Folding: An Ethnographic Film on Cosmologies of Air, Light, and Space).
Sofia Borges is a researcher and visual artist. She works in relation to local communities, politics and in the media of installation and film. She studied Painting and Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon and Ar.Co. She received her M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies from the University of Lisbon, where she focused on the collaborative process in the visual arts and film. Beginning in 2006, she worked in the Quinta da Vitória neighborhood of Lisbon (until its final demolition in 2014), where she coordinated and performed research, documentation and artistic projects, involving the local residents and other disciplines, including Anthropology, Cinema, Architecture and Botany. “A Festa Acabou”/ “The Party is Over” project worked on the imagination and narrative created by the inhabitants and the public space. She showed this project in Quinta da Vitória’s neighborhood with the support of its inhabitants, as well as in the “Underconstrution” exhibition commissioned by Mónica Miranda and Paul Goodwin. During the neighborhood’s demolition, she started the“Colecção Jardins da Vitória”/ “Vitory Gardens Collection,” a collaborative, public art installation located near this neighborhood. This installation was created with trees and plants donated by the residents of the Quinta da Vitória. Her work has been supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2013), Municipality of Loures (2012-13), DGA- Ministry of Culture (2008), Municipality of Oliveira do Hospital (2008) and the Orient Foundation (2001).


Suzanne Barnard


Sofia Borges (PT)