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A festival is a political space. Not the politics of politicians, that done by the government and opposition. But the politics of individuals, who question their mere existence. A type of micro-politics that is nothing more than “how to organize yourself with what you are, what you follow, what you wish to become, and what you want to leave for others”. This is a place for desire, therefore political in essence. A place that transcends our massacrating daily reality that contains limit situations supported by small daily frustration that lead nowhere. We are beings whose luster is absurdly attenuated.

A festival, for those that have idealized it, is a difficult horse ride; we face many personal insurgencies that make us question the protocol we have to follow. A festival needs no protocol except for those created by its own existence. A festival such as this one (add to it the word “our” in your min”) is seeking its own path and specific speech. We do not invent paths from nothing, but we may change, review and remake all of them.

A cinema festival for those that live in what is, or should be, an unstable space of being, I imagine. I explain: within inherent and banal daily existence, you may be found – a being subject to change, willing to fall into the net of higher illusion, of falling away from your most rooted beliefs... and all of it for the cinema. A spectator is a mutating being and has to know that he or she will always be like this. Gilles Deleuze, the French philosopher, said that it is important for the character and the spectator to always be visionary. Cinema should carry us to the abyss in fleeting pictures per seconds, allowing us to believe that were are not flesh and bone, anything! We are imaginary beings, unimaginable, projected on that screen, whether small or large it does not matter.

A cinema festival such as INDIE wishes to be closer to risk and far away from certainty. New directors, independently made and distributed movies, cinema bringing sensations that the market has not yet encapsulated. Each year Indie wishes to be more of Indie.

Glauber Rocha’s strong image in the beautiful movie “Diário de Sintra”, by Paula Gaitán, is something that stays in memory. He has his outgoing manner; in a certain situation he said, “I don’t like movies any more. It’s all over! One has to change towards new movies, new movements! – MO VE MENT”. Glauber, you are right, new movies are needed, movement, the inconsistency of permanence. After over 20 years of your passing away, Glauber... cinema is alive but there is no revolution. We need to observe, to describe, to believe in the visionary ability that cinema has, and to give ourselves over as unstable, philosophical, political, and more or less happy persons that we are.

Francesca Azzi, Eduardo Garretto Cerqueira and Daniella Azzi