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Joana Dominguez. “There is a preconceived notion that Portuguese cinema is boring and elitist.”



Joana Dominguez.  "There is a preconceived notion that Portuguese cinema is boring and elitist."

He was born in Lisbon on February 22, 1988, but grew up in Alentejo. How old were you when this change occurred? Did you adapt easily?

When I moved, I was five years old, so I did not feel a change. Those early years of growing up in Alentejo were very positive for all my contacts with nature, space and freedom.

He lived in the village of Comenda, located in the municipality of Gaviau in Portalegre. Is there something that especially marked you positively and, on the other hand, negatively?

Besides the family, I especially remember the teachers, especially the Portuguese, arts and history teachers. Since I have always been in very small groups, I had a lot of intimacy and time not only to teach lessons, but also to propose to us the activities that were necessary in order for us to feel the peace. Negatively, and I think this is the feeling that many people have when growing up in the countryside, we always feel a little trapped, it seems like it’s all too far, too impossible. I believe that things have improved slightly in this sense at the present time, although, for example, there is still a lot to be done in terms of access to culture.

Is that why you took refuge in writing and books, and journalism and theater clubs?

There were obvious difficulties in accessing culture. Reading allowed me to overcome these obstacles, and fortunately I had a family who always encouraged me to read. I also liked to write, mostly to distract myself, as time seemed to pass very slowly at the time. It is very interesting how our concept of time is developing. Day 15 lasted a thousand years, now, at 33 years old, it passes in a second! This desire to fill my time helped me get in touch with journalism and theater. Both clubs allowed me to overcome my shyness and realize that I have a voice. I think the role of schools is really fundamental: a good teacher can completely change our lives, and I’m lucky to have had several of them.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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