Lingua - Lives in Portuguese

  • Documentary

Lingua: Lives In Portuguese is not only a film about the Portuguese language, its a film about the world we live in.

The Portuguese language is spoken by over 200 million people all over the world. It is considered the third most spoken intercontinental language and the world’s sixth most spoken dialect. Beyond the sad economical and social inheritage of European colonialism, the Portuguese colonial expansion led to very unique fusions and true multicultural experiences in extremely different places.

A language is only considered alive when it is used in the day to day life of the ones who speak it. That was the starting point of the documentary, which shows the variations of the language and its appropriation by different cultures in four continents.

Lingua reveals harmonies and contrasts between these places, which are approached through the point of view of the films characters. They conduct the documentary through their daily routes during three days that are narrated in a linear form. People in transit through various economic, spiritual and emotional worlds.
We intend to do a documentary that does not have a single thesis to follow or defend. The interview subjects vary according to the extremely different kinds of people depicted in the film. Cultural shocks, immigration, informal economy, music, neo-colonialism, nostalgia, american influence and, of course, the language itself, are some of the many views of this project. Originated from a baroque, latin, cultural background, where the goal was to reach harmony through contrast, our work proposes a multiple, moving focus on these people and their power to make us learn more about the world around us.

Technical Information

2004 | 01:31:00

Credits

Director Victor Lopes
Screenplay Ulysses Nadruz and Victor Lopes
Producer Renato Pereira (TV Zero), Suely Weller (Sambascope) and Paulo Trancoso (Costa do Castelo)
Executive Producer Suely Weller and Renato Pereira
Director of Photography Paulo Violeta
Sound Paulo Ricardo Nunes
Editing Piu Gomes, Pedro Bronz e Victor Lopes

With:

José Saramago
Mia Couto
Martinho da Vila
João Ubaldo Ribeiro
Madredeus