Project Description

Joana Pimenta

Portrait of Joana Pimenta

Director, Film Study Center, FSC-Harvard Fellow 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20

Joana Pimenta is a filmmaker from Portugal, living and working in the Unites States and Brazil. Her latest film Dry Ground Burning, co-directed with Adirley Queirós, tells the story of the Gasolineiras de Kebradas – a group of women from the periphery of Sol Nascente who steal oil and resist Bolsonaro’s presidency – as it echoes through the walls of Colmeia, the women’s prison of Brasilia. Dry Ground Burning premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, screened at the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, among many others, and received more than 30 awards around the world. Dry Ground Burning had theatrical releases in the United States, France, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, among other countries. Joana teaches in the department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University, where she is Director of Graduate Studies for Critical Media Practice and Director of the Film Study Center at Harvard.

Dry Ground Burning | Terratreme

Dry Ground Burning | Grasshopper Films

FSC Works

Film Still from An Aviation Field

An Aviation Field

Joana Pimenta, 14 min. (2016)

An aviation field in an unknown suburb.

The lake underneath the city burns the streets. The mountains throw rock into the gardens. In the crater of a volcano in Fogo, a model Brazilian city is lifted and dissolves.

Two people find each other in this landscape, 50 years apart.

Film Still from The Figures Carved Into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees

The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees

Joana Pimenta, 14 min. (2014)

With its indelible images and an air of mystery, Joana Pimenta’s The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees mines an archive of correspondence between the island of Madeira and the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique. Because Pimenta’s source material is supplemented by fictive memories, imagination comes to fill in the lacunae of a long-suppressed history. Part postcard, part landscape film, part auto-fiction, The Figures Carved is both a sensual and sensory experience. (Harvard Art Museum)

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