Tales of Oblivion

In a hot summer morning in 1444, in the fishing village of Lagos, southern Portugal, a group of African people was disembarked. In the field next to the port, they were given away as slaves to the local noblemen and merchants. For the next 400 years, more than six million Africans would be trafficked in Portuguese ships to Europe and across the Atlantic. In a rainy winter afternoon in 2009, in Lagos, archeologists excavating the site where an underground parking was under construction, began to find human skeletons. Working on the site for the following five months, as the parking was being built around them, the archeologists uncovered the skeletons of 158 enslaved African men, women, and children. Their bodies had been dumped in a XV-century landfill. Intertwining these two storylines, TALES OF OBLIVION threads tales of violence and brutality from the past with sights and sounds of the present. Evoking what took place in these sites and conjuring memories from the past, TALES OF OBLIVION is a film-territory where we have no choice but to look at how the present continues to be shaped by the history we carry within us.

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Contos do Esquecimento (Tales of Oblivion, 2023, doc) - Cartas de Angloa (Letters from Angola, 2011, doc)
Competition Documentary 2024
Dulce Fernandes
Portugal 2023
63 minutes
OV with English subtitles

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Film guest(s) present: Dulce Fernandes (Director)

Film guest(s) present: Dulce Fernandes (Director)

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Screenplay Dulce Fernandes
Cinematography Paulo Menezes
Editing Mário Espada
Sound/Sounddesign Dulce Fernandes, Mário Espada, Xullaji, Armanda Carvalho
Music Xullaji
Producer(s) Pandora da Cunha Telles, Ansgar Schaefer
Ukbar Filmes, Kintop
World Sales
Taskovski Films
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
IDFA 2023