Work and labour in the spotlight during Doclisboa 2020

The next edition of Doclisboa will have a cycle dedicated to work. From October 22 to November 1, we will present a programme of 20 films, by directors such as Harun Farocki, Helke Sander, Hervé Le Roux, among others. Film production during the Portuguese revolutionary period will also be highlighted in this cycle. This programme arises from a partnership between Doclisboa and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which aims to promote the discussion, through cinema, of human rights and social issues related to work.


Throughout the history of cinema, we find the idea of work and labour represented in all its diverse possibilities. To speak of work is to speak of the society in which we live now: how did we get here? Today’s and yesterday’s struggles for safe and healthy workplaces, the role of women, immigration and the social changes of the last century, unemployment, precariousness and liberalisation. In this programme, we will build bridges between remarkable moments in the past and ideas that reveal our present. In an era in which labour issues are at the centre of public debate, forcing a reevaluation of logics and structural models, this programme will stimulate discussion on issues that affect everyone.


To complement the programme, there will also be room for debates on the relationship between cinema, work and its cinematographic representations. These debates will take place online in order to include participants from different contexts and territories.