The festival dedicated to documentaries celebrates its 20th edition with more than 200 films and proposes two retrospectives, namely about the colonial past of France and Portugal, entitled "The Colonial Issue". It also includes the collective film "The return of Amílcar Cabral" (1976), by Djalma Martins Fettermann, Flora Gomes, José Bolama Cubumba, Josefina Lopes Crato and Sana na N'Hada.
Until the 16th DocLisboa will have 44 Portuguese films, among which "O que podem as palavras", about the book "Novas Cartas Portuguesas" (New Portuguese Letters), by Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa.
The film by Luísa Marinho and Luísa Sequeira, puts the Portuguese writers Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa in dialogue with the poet Ana Luísa Amaral about the creative process and the impact of that work in Portuguese society and in the international feminist movement.
Among the Portuguese films, "Onde fica esta rua? Ou sem antes nem depois", by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, which refers to "Os Verdes Anos" (1963), by Paulo Rocha, and "Objetos de Luz", by Acácio de Almeida and Maria Carré, which will close DocLisboa.
The programme also includes "Everything will be ok", by Rithy Panh, about democracy and totalitarianism, made only with small figures and puppets, which won an award this year in Berlin, and "The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft", a documentary by Werner Herzog dedicated to a French volcanologist couple.
The Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa will present a portrait of the former Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis, in the film "Mr Landsbergis", while DocLisboa will show "Un Couple", by Frederick Wiseman, about "the troubled relationship between Lev and Sofia Tolstoy".