Obscure Light

Susana de Sousa Dias

How many members of a family get dragged into the web of the political police on the arrest of a single political prisoner?
How do you give form to someone who disappeared without having had a historical existence? Taking as its starting point the photographs taken by the Portuguese political police (1926-1974), Obscure Light seeks to reveal how an authoritarian system operates within the family intimacy, simultaneously revealing areas of repression which mould the present. 


[2017] Cinéma du Réel [France]
[2017] It's All True [Brazil]
[2017] IndieLisboa International Film Festival [Portugal]
[2017] Documentamadrid (Special Mention by the Feature Films Jury - Ex Aequo) [Spain] 
[2017] Les États Généraux du Film Documentaire [France]
[2017] CineBH - BH International Film Festival [Brazil]
[2017] Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival [Germany]
[2017] Les Rendez Vous de l'Histoire [France]
[2017] MIDBO - La Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá [Colombia]
[2017] Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema [Brazil]
[2017] Mostra de Cinema Português da Ilha Terceira [Portugal] 
[2017] Filmer à tout prix [Belgium] 
[2017] Caminhos do Cinema Português (Best Sound Award) [Portugal]
[2017] TRANSCINEMA - Festival Internacional de No-Ficción [Peru]
[2018] Créteil International Women's Film Festival [France]
[2018] Essay Film Festival [UK]
[2018] CCCB Barcelona [Spain]
[2018] International Film Festival of Uruguay [Uruguay]
[2018] Cine Lusco Fusco [Brazil]
[2018] El Festival Internacional de Cine Documental “Encuentros del Otro Cine" [Ecuador]
[2018] Seminario Internacional Centro Huarte [Spain]
[2018] Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona [Spain]
[2018] Mostra de Cinema Português em Macau [Macao]
[2018] International Documentary and Short Film Festial of Kerala [India]
[2018] FILMES DO HOMEM - Festival Internacional de Documentário de Melgaço [Portugal]
[2018] CineAvante! [Portugal]
[2018] Festival Cineuropa [Spain]
[2018] Document [UK]
[2018] Vaivém - Semana de Cine Portugués [Argentina]
[2018] Vaivém - Semana de Cine Portugués [Uruguay]
[2019] Vaivém - Semana de Cine Portugués [Ecuador]
[2019] Mostra de Cinema Português Vilnius [Lithuania]
[2019] Prémios Sophia [Portugal]
[2019] Berkeley Art Museum [USA]
[2019] Mostra de Cinema Português - Vila Franca de Xira [Portugal]
[2019] Mostra de Cinema Português em Berlim [Germany]
[2020] Cinema no Museu do Aljube [Portugal]
[2020] IMAGO - Festival de Fotografia FBAUL [Portugal]
[2020] Semana de Cine Portugues [Equator]
[2021] Cinema Arsenal [Germany]

2017, Portugal, 76'

 Susana de Sousa Dias 
Cinematography: João Ribeiro
Sound: Armanda Carvalho 
Sound mixing: João Ganho | O Ganho do Som
Additional image and sound: Ansgar Schäfer, Susana de Sousa Dias 
Editing: Susana de Sousa Dias 
Assistant editor: Rui Ribeiro
Producer: Ansgar Schaerfer | kintop
Image post-production: Irma Lucia
Audio post-production supervisor: António de Sousa Dias