The Political Festival brings music and films to the São Jorge cinema

The Political Festival brings music and films to the São Jorge cinema

The event will take place from April 22nd to 25th in Lisbon and from May 6th to 8th in Braga.

This year’s edition of the Political Festival is just around the corner. This time the event is dedicated to the theme “Fronteiras” and will take place from April 22nd to 25th at the Cinema São Jorge in Lisbon. In addition to the obvious view that borders are something political, the festival will also deal with topics such as human rights, racism, discrimination and intolerance. The conversations with MPs are accompanied by shows, humor, cinema, music, performances and debates in around 20 free activities.

For film fans, this festival offers 18 films. Here we highlight the preview of the documentary “Collective”, which was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Documentary and Best Foreign Film. Romanian Labor speaks about the 2015 fire in a nightclub in Bucharest where 27 people died and more than 180 were injured.

Among the different shows that you can see are “Fronteiras” by André Murraças; “Men who are like badly situated places / Men who are like looted houses, Daniel Faria”, by Valério Romão and José Anjos; and a stand-up comedy show on discrimination and human rights by Carlos Pereira.

This edition contains “a program that reflects the limits that the pandemic has placed on a large part of the population, but also the borders that separate the center and the periphery of Lisbon, as well as the realities of the migrant population and the struggles for human rights in the become even more urgent in the current context. Borders as walls, not just physical, but also political, economic and mental, ”says Artistic Director Rui Oliveira Marques in a statement.

In a pandemic year, the workshops will take place in online format for the first time. To register you need to send an email to

One of the highlights of this festival is also its accessibility as all sessions have subtitles and translations in Portuguese sign language. Between May 6th and 8th, it will be Braga’s turn to host the event.

Although all sessions are free, you must collect tickets from the Cinema São Jorge ticket office. They are only available on the same day. All information and the full schedule can be found on the event website.

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