Mozambique, 1960, just before the beginning of the war, portrait of a colonial family.
A sequence of archive footage shot by my grandfather, former colonial administrator, is the point of departure for an experimental documentary on the history of the Portuguese decolonization and its memory.
Double memory or memory split in two: the lived and descriptive memory of the colonizers (their texts, their images) versus the invented memory of their descendants. This film is an attempt to represent my indirect memories of Mozambique.
© Raquel Schefer, Granny (Muidumbe), 2009
All pictures courtesy of the artist.
Raquel Schefer is a researcher, a filmmaker, and a film curator. She holds a Ph.D. in Film and Audiovisual Studies from Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University, with a dissertation on Mozambican revolutionary cinema, a Master in Documentary Cinema from the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires, and a degree in Communication Sciences from the New University of Lisbon. She published the book El Autorretrato en el Documental (Self-Portrait in Documentary) in 2008, in Argentina, as well as several book chapters and articles. She has taught at Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 University, Grenoble Alpes University, Paris Est - Marne-la-Vallée University, Rennes 2 University, the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires, and the University of Communication in Mexico City. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, she is a post-doctoral FCT fellow at the CEC/University of Lisbon and the University of the Western Cape, and a co-editor of the quarterly of theory and history of cinema La Furia Umana. She was awarded by the Research and Creation Support Programme of Institut pour la Photographie.