LwS – 28 de abril de 2021 – 13h30-15h15

Political participation, digital media and social change: communication from a young citizen’s perspective

Cássia Ayres


This presentation will reveal some results of a study which aims at analyzing the participation dynamics of young Brazilians, with the purpose to reflect on the Communication for Development and Social Change (CfDSC). The social mobilizations, advocacy and critical literacies constitute the aspects that suggest paths of reflection on a Communication from the perspective of young citizens in Brazil, and in similar contexts in developing countries.

Cássia Ayres has been working with communication and sustainable development for more than 18 years. She is currently the Communication for Development (C4D) Manager at UNICEF in Afghanistan. Previously, Cássia has worked in the development area for the United Nations, plus public and private sectors in Portugal, Thailand, Finland, England, Angola and Brazil. She is PhD Candidate, having submitted her thesis in January 2021.


From text to film – Scriptwritng as intermedium

Manuel Bernardo Cabral


Before the film there is a writer. And a text. Original or adapted, the film script is an intermedium, a link between the domain of the writing and that of film and audiovisual. An intermedium that transports a narrative from the writing to the film/audiovisual medium, and that acquires another dimension in the adapted script, as this transubstantiates a narrative that has already met an audience in the writing medium into the film/audiovisual medium. The adapted film script undertakes a journey from the domain of writing to the domain of moving images and sound. A journey that urges to explore, analyzing the mechanisms of screenplay construction and its theoretical foundations,  to make a critical reflection on this issue of transubstantiating literary work into film/audiovisual.

Manuel Bernardo Cabral is a teacher, screenwriter, film director and producer, has a licentiateship in History and Social Studies from Universidade dos Açores, a diploma in Film Studies from Ryerson University in Toronto, a masters in Writing for Cinema and Television from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and a PHD in Media Arts from Universidade Lusófona do Porto. Former member of the Conselho Regional da Cultura – Azores, he’s the coordinator for the audiovisual at Direção da Cultura. He taught Audiovisual Production and History, wrote, directed and produced several documentaries and fiction films, winning a few awards and several official selections in festivals in different countries. He kept a presence as a film columnist in the Azorean press for several years, and has some academic papers published on cinema. He has been jury member in some film festivals and is the founder of Curta-Açores Film Festival, now on its 12th year.


Transimagem – Photography and subjectivity in the face of the proliferation of images

Patrícia Vieira Campos


An experimental work on the image, that proposes to look at it nowadays, in the way we use it, share it and let it guide us. An approach to the concepts of photographic and cinematographic image, in time and speed, which starts from a private deposit and it’s capacity to produce meanings. A filmic object that proposes the idea of transimage, this being a possible equation to understand the place of translation that the image operates. A piece of a puzzle that can allow the defining of the current situation, in which the image is placed in itself and before us, transcendent, transgender, transversal and transdisciplinary. The reality, the imagination and us in the present of the image.

Patrícia Vieira Campos works with Cultural Heritage, Communication and Visual Arts and is about to defend her doctoral thesis in Media Art at Universidade Lusófona do Porto. Has been a journalist at the Público newspaper and other print and digital media agencies; worked in communication, press and digital social networks at Teatro do Campo Alegre and Planetário do Porto; was made cinema production and communication at Filmes Liberdade; was communication advisor for Paulo Cunha e Silva, in the Department of Culture of the Porto City Council. Pat is the nickname she chose to sign artistic projects in photography, painting and video. Won a 1st prize at the international film festival Super 8 mm – Douro Filme Festival / 2016.


Cinematographic Narratives, Humanizing stories: giving voice to the voiceless through storytelling

Vanessa Rodrigues


Narrativity and cinematography offer stylistic conditions that allow us to go beyond the canons of conventional journalism, which some claim needs to be more humanized. In the midst of a new united nations global agenda, trying to engage citizens and governments in 17 main themes — such as reducing either inequalities and poverty — we certify that they emphasize specific news values. So, this talk focuses on how media audiovisual narratives — Videojournalism, Reportage and Documentary  — can give visibility to stories of Human Development in the dominant public arena, constituting public counter-spheres, giving prominence to the subalterns and therefore to the missing voices. At the same time we propose to rethink the field of Development Journalism in Portugal and Brazil.

Vanessa Rodrigues has been working with social documentary and journalism for the last 15 years in Portugal, Brazil, Jordan, Mozambique, Cuba and Guiné Bissau. She has lived in Brazil as a correspondent for radio TSF and Diário de Notícias, covering human rights, organized crime and sustainable development in the Amazonia. She also lived in Jordan to research and co-write the documentary “Remember Us”, about palestinian refugees in Jerash camp. Her audio documentary “Palestine, Diaries of an uncertain place” (TSF) was awarded an Honor Mention at Unesco Journalism Award. She directed and produced the feature length documentary “Land’s Baptism”, about Portuguese immigration in Rio de Janeiro. She is the author of the narrative journalism book “Ala Feminina”, about women in prison in Brazil and Portugal. Vanessa is also a Journalism University Professor at Lusófona University of Porto and a media literacy educator. She is currently a Phd Candidate.


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