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Filipa César

Mined Soil

In this film-essay, which originated with the research in progress “People are the mountain”, Filipa César leads us on a strange path where she revisits the work of the Guinean agronomist Amilcar Cabral, from his study of soil erosion in the Portuguese region of Alentejo to his engagement as one of the leaders of the African Liberation Movement. This trail of thought is intermixed with documentation at the site of an experimental gold mine, managed today by a Canadian company and situated in the same zone that Cabral once studied. The essay explores the present and past definitions of soil as depository of memory, trace, exploitation, treasure, and palimpsest.

→ 34 min, Portugais / Anglais, 2014


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Selections & Awards

11/11/2015 – Kasseler Dokfest 32°, Kassel, Germany
Rotterdam International Film Festival (First Mondial)
23rd Festival Curtas Vila do Conde (National and International competition)

Technical details

Title of the movie Mined Soil Director Filipa César Producer Olivier Marboeuf Co-producer ZDB With the support of Hordaland Art Centre (Bergen-Norvège) Length 34 min Language English / Portuguese Subtitles Portuguese / English Format 16 mm transferred to HD

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Filipa César

Born in Portugal, in 1975

Lives and works in Berlin

Filipa César was born in Portugal in 1975 ; she lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the University of the Arts in Porto and Lisbon, at the Academy of the Arts in Munich and obtained a master’s in Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin (2007). Her work interrogates the porous relation between the animated image and its reception by the public. Interested by the fictional aspects of documentary and motivated by a desire to reveal the political behind the moving image, the artist positions herself at a crossroads between storytelling, chronical, documentary and experimental film. Her films—F for Fake (2005), Rapport (2007), Le Passeur (2008),The Four Chambered Heart (2009) and Memograma (2010)—were presented at the 8th Istanbul Biennale, 2003 ; at the Kunsthalle Vienna, 2004 ; the Serralves Museum, 2005 ; at the International Film Festival at Locarno, 2005, at the CAG—Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2006 ; the Tate Modern, 2007 ; the St. Gallen Museum, 2007 ; the SF MOMA, San Francisco, 2009 ; the first Architecture Biennale in Venice, the 29th  São Paulo Biennale and Manifesta 8, in Cartagena.