Taking as its starting point the photographs taken by the Portuguese political police (1926-1974), including a mug shot of a woman holding a child, Luz Obscura seeks to reveal how an authoritarian system operates within the family intimacy.
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The reliance on images and sound over video testimonies was refreshing. Sometimes I felt like the documentary was being stretched out to last longer, but it was a good session complemented by the input of the director herself. It made me want to watch the previous documentary, "48".
Digital. There is always a repeated visual and sound structures in this filmmaker's films, mostly a recurrence of fade-outs to change images and a sparse, uninventory sound that adds nothing, dimensionally, to what the images introduce/indicate, limited to their historical and archivist values, not conceiving/intervening in the medium. How, then, do we transmit in (the) present, if the past is assumed so peremptory?