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Festival Política (DAY 4)


Cinema São Jorge

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16 Aug - 2020

Cinema São Jorge

How to get there?

This event has already happened
16 Aug - 2020

Accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

Programme subject to change.

Free admission, subject to venue capacity.

All activities will take place at venues/locations with controlled access (ticket office) to ensure a safe distance is maintained between participants.

Participants must comply with personal safety rules, such as the use of masks, physical distancing and respiratory etiquette.

Admission to all activities is free, but subject to capacity. Tickets must be collected at the Cinema São Jorge.

The Political Festival returns to Cinema São Jorge this August and will get the Lisboa na Rua programme underway. The four-day programme will include debates, films, performances, music and humour, with the Environment as its central theme. With climate change at the centre of young people's demands, and governmental and economic powers increasingly under pressure to change their policies in favour of more sustainable development, the festival will focus particularly on the role of citizens as transformative agents, whilst not ignoring the impact that the covid-19 pandemic is having worldwide. For the first time the festival will feature a country focus. This year Brazil has been chosen and will be subject of our attention at several points during the programme.



Exhibition by Carolina Maria

Several studies on the planet and climate change predict that in 2050 we will be living in extreme conditions, in an unprecedented scenario. What will our food be like in 2050? What kinds of products will we consume? What will our food be made of? This exhibition is an illustrated satire about the food of the future ... and everything else. “2050” was originally conceived as part of a series of exhibitions on the theme “Gastronomy and the Rest”, at the invitation of the Quinta da Cruz Museum in Viseu. It reflects on a dreadful, dystopian future.


16 August

Sala 3




ALLEN, SACRIFICE ZONE”, by Alejo Estrabou, 15 min. (Argentina)

Allen is a town in Rio Negro with a centuries-old economy linked to fruit farming; it is the biggest exporter of pears in the country. In 2013 they began fracking in the area (or hydraulic fracturing, a gas exploration technique with irreversible consequences including the contamination of water, food and people). Residents and neighbours opposed this development and achieved an anti-fracking order, which was repealed three months later by the High Court of Rio Negro. Since then, more than 160 wells have been drilled in the area, polluting the water, air and land. The end of a sustainable development model by an extractivist approach, which is destructive to the environment and the health of the population. Rio Negro has been transformed into a sacrifice zone. Awareness and collective organisation are the only way to change its destiny.



In 2018, the Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific, hosted the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival, celebrating the country’s fortieth anniversary of independence. On neighbouring island states, the struggle for freedom continues, as West Papua resists Indonesian occupation and the residents of New Caledonia still live under French rule. In all Melanesian countries, residents face the common challenge of climate change, as rising sea levels threaten to swallow up both land and tradition. In this tragic context, local performers are using their talents to celebrate their culture and draw international attention to their islands’ plight, in the hope of spurring international solidarity and prompting collective action against the perils of a warming world.


ILHAM TOHTI”, by Yuaxue Cao and Wo Wong, 32 min. – documentary about the winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize 2019. Ilham Tohti is a renowned Uyghur human rights defender, economics professor and advocate of the rights of China's Uyghur minority. For over two decades, he has worked tirelessly to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. In September 2014 Tohti was sentenced to life in prison for his activism following a 2-day show trial. He remains a voice of moderation and reconciliation despite what he has suffered.

Film screened in partnership with the Office of the European Parliament in Portugal.


Sala Manoel de Oliveira


CLOSING SESSION - CineEco Environment Grand Award 2020

GRIT”, by Cynthia Wade & Sasha Friedlander, 80 min. (USA/Indonesia/Denmark)

When Dian was six years old, she heard a deep rumble and turned to see a tsunami of mud barrelling towards her village. Her mother scooped her up to save her from the boiling mud. Her neighbours ran for their lives. Sixteen villages, including Dian's, were wiped away, forever buried under 18 metres of mud. A decade later, 60,000 people have been displaced from what was once a thriving industrial and residential area in East Java. Dozens of factories, schools and mosques were completely submerged under a moonscape of ooze and grit. The cause? Lapindo, an Indonesian company which drills for natural gas.

In partnership with: Festival CineEco extension