Soutien Image/mouvement du Cnap 2023 – Archives du changement – la fin des nuits de Catarina Simão
The Image/Movement Committee has granted a development support to the project Archives du changement – la fin des nuits de Catarina Simão.
Catarina Simão has been working on the history of the liberation of Mozambique for some fifteen years. In the course of her research, she discovered the links established in the 1960s between the liberation movements in Mozambique and Canadian activists and filmmakers, particularly in Quebec. She has been invited to take part in the ‘development’ of these links as part of the next biennale de Québec, which opens in February 2024, focusing on issues related to sleep and wakefulness. Reawakening forgotten histories and narratives, making heard the voices erased by the victors, giving a second life to established knowledge and dormant visual and audio documents: artists are our guides through the archipelagos of collective memory.The film essay will be based in part on sequences from films produced after Mozambique’s independence in 1975. Catarina Simão travelled from Maputo to Toronto and Montreal in Canada to find these films and listen to the witnesses and protagonists. Unearthing these links between two distant territories, Catarina Simão will weave these traces of the past with the present day. Archives of Change – The End of Nights will explore the complexity and paradoxes of thinking about decolonisation in Mozambique, but also in Canada, where recognition of the place of the First Nations is still a work in progress.
This project is presented by Société PREMIERES LIGNES TELEVISION and curator Marie Muracciole (Manif’ Art 11 Québec 2024)