Guest Festival: MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival

Lindes intends to be a meeting point devoted to the documentation and creation processes involved in documentary filmmaking, with a focus on ethnography and borders –the very name of the section, “Lindes”, is the Galician word for “borders”. Lindes is devoted to exploring frontiers: those that go hand in hand with ethnographic cinema (a field where the limits that separate fiction and documentary tend to be blurry), those of different representational styles, and the geographic and cultural borders represented in ethnographic films.

The audiovisual works featured in Lindes are WIPs that haven’t reached the stage of being eligible for competitive sections but still offer exciting perspectives for anthropological debate, exhibitions or installations that promote ethnography with the help of audiovisual tools, and pieces aiming at disseminating the elements that compose the cultural identity of a specific territory.

This is what defines this year’s Lindes’ films. Curated by MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival, they all resonate with a shared wish to find points in common with a neighboring film festival. Lindes’ screenings will be followed by a Q&A during which the audience will have time to discuss the creative and production processes behind the films.

Fotograma Dispersos pelo centro


Saturday, March 18 at 8.30 p.m. Numax

2021 I 77 min I Portugal

Director: António Aleixo

Tiago Pereira invites geographer Álvaro Domingues to accompany him on a journey through the Terras da Chanfana in Portugal. The film, which offers a portrait of the present without making assumptions about the future or clinging to a long-gone past, delves into the notion of territory. 

The film Cadernas de Olloboi was acquired by the Xunta de Galicia through the Secretaría Xeral de Política Lingüística under the Xabobeo 2021 fund.

Fotograma Four Seasons in a Day


Sunday, March 19 at 6.00 p.m. Numax

2021 I 75 min I  Belgium – Lithuania

Director: Annabel Verbeke

In the North-West of the isle of Ireland, the border between the Republic of Ireland and the UK runs in the middle of a beautiful glacial fjord, the Carlingford Lough. The Carlingford Ferry crosses the Carlingford Lough on a daily basis, bringing people from one side to the other. We meet several characters from North and South, with different points of view, making this soothing journey through the magnificent, green Irish landscape. The short journey is breaking the rush of the day and provokes moments of inner reflection while crossing the invisible border deep down in the lough. The film explores the concept of identity and community on an isle divided by not one but 2 borders: a physical one between the UK and Ireland and a mental border between seemingly incompatible opinions on the role and signification of the border, opinions that often tend to change when personal factors surpass the ideological. The water between each side may be very deep. They all have the unpredictable weather in common. But does the local expression “4 seasons in one day” only reflect on the weather?



Multiple authors

2021-22 I 70 min I Portugal

Plano Frontal is an initiative by Lugar do Real – a project by AO NORTE (Associação de Produção e Animação Audiovisual) for screening documentary films for pedagogic, research, and cultural purposes.