Catarina Alves Costa

Catarina Alves Costa is a filmmaker and a visual anthropologist. She directs films since 1992, won various international prizes and published different works on documentary and ethnographic films. She is currently a Professor in Visual Culture at the Department of Anthropology, Nova University in Lisbon, where she convenes courses in Visual Anthropology and Museology. She holds a PHD in Anthropology from Lisbon Nova University and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, Manchester. Worked at the Ethnographic Museum in Lisbon with film archives. Collaborates with different post graduation studies abroad: Barcelona, Spain, São Paulo University, Brazil and Mexico City. She was jury in different ethnographic film and cinema festivals. Some of her films are distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, DER. She won prizes at Margaret Mead Film Festival, Le Bilan du Film Ethnographique, Doc Lisboa, Ressegna, Audiovisual Prize from ICOM International Counsil of Museums, UNESCO. Recently she was the scientific coordinator for the DVD collection at Portuguese Cinemateque around African ethnographic films directed by ethnologist Margot Dias.


Recent Filmography

2019, A Journey to the Makonde, 56 min. Signature Documentary. Awards: DOC CPLP TV, Prod. Midas Filmes.

2019, A Ramadan in Lisbon, 66 min. Audiovisual Laboratory, CRIA, Research Center in Anthropology. Co-directed by filmmakers collective from laboratory. Premiere: Indie Lisboa Festival, May 2019.

2016, A Room in the House, 55 min. Edited in DVD by Campo Arqueológico de Mértola.

2015 The Golden Line, 40 mins. Financed by Associação de Municípios da Beira Baixa. Production Laranja Azul. Edited DVD by CIMBB.

2009 Lets Talk about Antonio Campos, 60 min. Doc for Portuguese television, RTP2, Produção Midas Filmes.

2008 The Park, 60 min. Serralves Foundation, Porto. Production Laranja Azul.

2004, The Architect and the Old Village, 72 min. Production Laranja Azul, Jour J Productions (France). Distribution Documentary Educational Resources (DER), EUA. Edited DVD in Portugal Midas Filmes.

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