EN// CINE LUSO is a creative and philosophical encounter that aims to address contemporary issues. With more than 100 films screened in the first three years, the project is now in its fourth edition for which it aims to convey the realities of the cultures of the various Portuguese-speaking countries (Portuguese-speaking countries), by using audiovisual language as a tool for analysis. As of 2019, non-Lusophone countries have been invited to join the program with the goal of broadening the reading of the world through the different realities and their implications. More than an event, the project presents itself as a search for dialogue and the construction of content in a collaborative way. The theme chosen for the fourth edition highlights the contradictions of the world through two main notions: FREEDOM AND POWER.

The growth of social and political extremism, the limitation of human rights, and the abuse of power resonate in various parts of the world as a symptomatic and synergistic wave.

Against this backdrop, specific approaches have been chosen in order to promote reflection on the concepts of freedom and power that sometimes coexist and sometimes oppose each other. At the same time, we question the intertwining of ways of living in society in public and private, collective or individual contexts, opening space for intersectoral reflection.

Many questions resonate in the political, scientific, and philosophical spheres of the contemporary era, the consequences of which are still unpredictable. The obvious complexity of the tension between individual liberties, social control, and active citizenship, as well as the fragilities of the system, explain the relevance of organizing reflective debates. This is the ambitious mission we want to carry with the fourth edition of Cine Luso, always committed to reflecting on the world through the eyes and stories carried by the audiovisual sector and transversally with other areas of art and thought.

CREATIVE RESIDENCY: As in previous years, a film will be made in a specific artistic residence, this time in transversality with the performing arts, and the debates will count with the participation of filmmakers and invited specialists on the sub-themes addressed. The film made will be presented at the opening of the festival.
As soon as the conditions are confirmed for the next edition, a call for participation will be published.

THEMES

DECOLONIZATION MEANS EMANCIPATION?
Symbolic and territorial challenges between colonizing countries and former colonies towards real independence.

IDENTITY MOVEMENTS LIBERATE US?
The complexity of resistance discourses in diversity and the relevance of intersectionality in gender, race and LGBTI issues.

DOES MY FREEDOM END WHEN THE OTHER’S BEGINS?
The dynamics between collective and individual responsibility, restriction of freedom and abuse of power.

DOES MY FREEDOM END WHEN THE OTHER’S BEGINS?
The dynamics between collective and individual responsibility, restriction of freedom and abuse of power.

WHAT ARE THE LIMITS OF THE SECULAR STATE?
The paradox between religious freedom and the use of the sacred as an instrument of political power.

WHAT ARE THE ETHICAL CHALLENGES IN TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE?
Veiled dynamics between innovation and manipulation in contemporary times and their impacts on communication, politics and science.

WHEN POWER ENDANGERS FREEDOM?
Identifying Signs of a Threat to Democracy in the Face of a Growing Global Anti-Human Rights Order.

DOES EDUCATION SET US FREE?
Reflections on critical libertarian education in the face of a meritocratic world.

IS WILLING POWER?
The strength of individual initiative and collective power in breaking systems of privilege for social development.