Death of a city

João Rosas

Documentary / HD / 116' / 2022

In the heart of Bairro Alto, right in the centre of Lisbon, the building of an old printing workshop is demolished to make way for luxury apartments. Seeing this as a perfect image for the death of a certain Lisbon in the wake of the financial crisis and the ensuing real estate and touristic boom, the director films an urban diary portraying the daily life of the construction site and those who work there. What starts out as a work-centred film turns out to be the story of the director’s relationship with his hometown and with the people who build it.

With Armando Correia, José Rosa, Nicolas Dalibot, Calisto Belchior, José Francisco, Ismael Alves, Aliou Ba, António Melo, Amâncio Espírito Santo, José Carlos, Rui Santos, Henrique João, Primos Sing, Ussumane Darame, Fernando Pina, Rangel Leal, Mohamadu Saliu Bah, Paulo Vicente Vaz, Carlos Marques, Mamasamba, Armando Melo, Mamadu Banjai, Jorge Silva, Armando Balanta, Mário Jaura, Alcides Vieira, Ran Murti DIRECTING, SCRIPT AND CINEMATOGRAPHY João Rosas Editing Raul Domingues, João Rosas ASSISTANT EDITOR Pedro Teixeira Sound Editing and Mix Nuno Carvalho Colorist Paulo Menezes aip


DocAlliance Award - Best Feature Documentary of 2023

Best Film - SPA, Portugal'23


Doclisboa - International Film Festival, Portugal'22
Zinebi Festival Internacional de Cine Documental y Cortometraje de Bilbao, Spain'22
Caminhos do Cinema Português, Portugal'22
Festival de Cine Contemporáneo Andares, Peru'23
Arquiteturas Film Festival, Portugal'23
FID Marseille, France'23
DokuFest, Kosovo'23
Festival Internacional do Filme Etnográfico do Recife, Brasil'23
Cinemacia Festival Metropolitano de Cine, Colombia'23
Imagens no Tejo - Mostra de Cinema Português, Portugal'23
Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic'23
International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier - Cinemed, France'23
L´Alternativa, Spain'23


Cantina do M_EIA, Mindela, Cabo Verde''23
Centro George Pompidou, França'23