Maria do Carmo Piçarra

Maria do Carmo Piçarra

Film Curator

  • Culture of memory, Postcolonial art production, Decolonization, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Lisbon (Portugal)

Maria do Carmo Piçarra is a professor at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, a researcher at ICNOVA and a grant holder (2018-2019) from Fundação Oriente to study Cinema Empire – Representations of ‘Portuguese Asia’ in the Film Archives. She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences, having, between 2013-2018, developed the postdoctoral research Cinema Empire - Portugal, France and England, representations of the empire in cinema. She is a film programmer, co-founder of ANIKI - Portuguese Journal of Moving Image and was deputy chair of the Portuguese Institute of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia (1998–1999). Among other publications, she has published the two-volume work Salazar vai ao cinema (Salazar goes to the movies), and Azuis ultramarinos. Censura e propaganda no cinema do Estado Novo (Ultramarine blues. Censorship and propaganda in Estado Novo's cinema). With Jorge António, she coordinated the trilogy, Angola, o nascimento de uma nação (Angola, the birth of a Nation), and, with Teresa Castro, Re-Imagining African Independence. Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire.

Maria do Carmo Piçarra at the Latitude Festival:

Call for Action & Reflection on Decolonising Archives

Related links:

Cinema Empire – Representations of ‘Portuguese Asia’ in the Film Archives

Contributions by Maria do Carmo Piçarra