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International Short and Medium-Length Competition

Fordlandia Malaise Susana De Sousa Dias

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In 1928, Henry Ford founded an industrial town in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Its purpose was to produce rubber for the U.S. auto industry. The project was a failure, leaving a ghost town as atestament to a certain brand of doomed economic neocolonialism. Susana de Sousa Dias captures the strange atmosphere of a utopia turned dystopia, thanks to drone shots and superb black and white cinematography. Through archival footage, testimonials and Indigenous stories, she also sheds light on another history: that of the people deemed invisible despite living on the land for millennia without damaging it. They are the land’s living memory, and their myths and songs challenge the hegemony of capitalist “progress” while counteracting the desolation.

Fordlandia Malaise

  • Country : Portugal
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : Portuguese
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 41 MIN
  • Cinematography : Susana De Sousa Dias
  • Editing : Susana De Sousa Dias
  • Production : Ansgar Schaefer
  • Sound Design : António De Sousa Dias, Susana De Sousa Dias
Filmography of Susana De Sousa Dias :

Natureza morta (2005)
48 (2009)
Luz obscura (2017)

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