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While We Are Here Clarissa Campolina, Luiz Pretti

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Enquanto estamos aqui

Lamis is a Lebanese woman who has just settled in New York. Wilson is a Brazilian man who has been living there illegally for a decade. In voiceovers in their respective languages, they describe their meeting and impressions, without ever appearing on screen. The hybrid narrative of their relationship – is it real or imaginary? – comes into focus through their Portuguese and Arabic words, their poetry akin to travel writing and epistolary novels. Images of New York, Berlin and Brazil give their story an anonymous quality, as the geopolitics of migration and globalization permeate their recollections and hopes. Echoing News from Home by Chantal Akerman, While We Are Here seeks out a little bit of intimacy in the heart of the modern big city.

Presented in collaboration with Consulate General of Brazil in Montreal and Montreal Brazilian Film Festival

While We Are Here

  • Country : Brazil
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : Portuguese, English, French, Arabic
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 77 MIN
  • Cinematography : Clarissa Campolina, Rodrigo Fischer, Luiz Pretti
  • Editing : Clarissa Campolina, Luiz Pretti
  • Production : Luana Melgaço
  • Sound Design : Pedro Durães, Luiz Pretti
Filmography of Clarissa Campolina :

Wandering Notes (2009)
Swirl (2011)
The Harbor (2014)
Solon (2016)
Those Who Wander (2018)

Filmography of Luiz Pretti :

Road to Ythaca (2010)
The Monsters (2011)
The Harbor (2014)
Clenched Fists (2014)
The Last Draught (2016)

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