In the beginning was the weave, and the transmission of its workings, a curse of mortality – so ends Quantum Creole with the fabulous words of the Papel weaver, Zé Interpretador. The punch-card technology, designed for the textile loom, was fundamental for the development of the computer – the binary code is thus closer to the ancient act of weaving than to that of writing. Quantum Creole is an experimental documentary film collectively researching creolization and addressing its historical, ontological and cultural forces. Referring to the minimum physical entity in any interaction – quantum – the film utilizes different imaging forms to read the subversive potential of weaving as Creole code. West African Creole people wove coded messages of social and political resistance into textiles, countering the colonists’ languages and technologies. As the new face of colonization manifests itself as a digital image, upgrading terra nullius in the form of an ultra-liberal free trade zone in the Bissagos Islands, it also marks the continuation of the violence that erupted several centuries ago with the creation of slave-trading posts in the place then known as the Rivers of Guinea and Cape Verde.
An artist and filmmaker, Filipa Cesar (Porto, 1975) is interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, exploring the fictional dimensions of the documentary and the economy, politics and poetics of cinematic practices. A large number of her films are focused on the ghosts of resistance that lie at the center of Portugal's geopolitical history. Through the creation of performance spaces she proposes a subjective approach to knowledge and questions the production mechanisms of epic national tales, such as the erasure of events concerning minority populations. Since 2011 she has made several films that use as a matrix the first steps of resistance and liberation cinema in Guinea Bissau, such as the fragments of a lost heritage for which she endeavors to resuscitate its potential via a process of collective research (“Luta ca caba inda”, “The Struggle is not yet over”). In 2017, “Spell Reel”, her first feature-length film, which follows this adventure, was presented in a world premiere at the Berlinale (Forum), and then in nearly twenty festivals and museums around the world, receiving many prizes. With “Sunstone”, (2018), directed in collaboration with Louis Henderson, she explores a cinema that interrogates the visual technologies of power and the materiality of observation, in the spirit of the works of Harun Farocki.
with: Chico Indi, Diana McCarty, Fátima Silva, Filipa César, Joana Barrios*, Marinho Pina, Mark Waschke*, Muhammed Lamin Jadama, Nelly Yaa Pinkrah, Odete da Costa Semedo, Olivier Marboeuf, Rampa, Sadjo Sambu, Saliha Podingo von Medem, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun · Zé Interpretador.
produced by Volte Films, Spectre Productions, co-commissioned by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Das Neue Alphabet), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Tabakalera, supported by Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Tabakalera, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, DICRéAM, CNC, Instituto Camões Berlim, Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap), IBAP - Instituto da Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas.