A roundup of the 37th Fantasporto’s closing ceremony and this year’s winners.
“Being involved with the community” may sound like something scraped out of a beauty pageant rehearsed speech (at best) or a politician’s empty promise to get more votes (at worst), but in the real world there are people who understand, live and feel this somewhat cliched concept under their skin. Pedro is one of them and, together with Matilde, they walk the talk with SoPA.
From the hundreds of independent film festivals happening every year around the world, some are more unmissable than others. They have been around for quite a while (some even before the indie film hype), they have proven themselves as strong players in the industry, and they continue to attract followers and fans year after year. Without any particular order, these are the 10 top independent film festivals not to miss in your lifetime.
What can we as travelers do to respect and protect cultural heritage? How do we know if we are supporting the right tour companies and are doing what its best to the host country’s economy? Should we take tours to rural villages in Africa, visit slums in India and favelas in Brazil?
I first met Vera in Bairro Alto about five years ago in one of her exhibits. Her portraits showed people from the inside out (stripped but not vulnerable), that natural and clear. This, to me, is Vera’s signature.
“Nick Suave” may be his stage name but he’s far from being a presumptuous rock star who is too full of himself, with the proverbial stick up where the sun doesn’t shine.
Cultural travel should be about the experience, the journey, what you take from it (and by “taking” I mean learning something along the way).
We arrived in Porto with two (misleading) preconceptions: that the city could be seen in one day and that Fantasporto, the independent film festival, was a dying shadow of its former glory.
One of the best international film festivals celebrates the independent film industry for 10 days in Porto, with a strong accent on fantasy and thrillers.
Of the many times we passed by the Hollywood slum, the statues of the Ganesh idol always got my attention. I wanted to meet the local artists behind this craft.