Thursday 2nd May
Hallward Library, University of Nottingham (Screening Room – LG140)

The  documentary O Que Podem as Palavras (Portugal, 2022) tells the story, through archive footage, animation and interviews, of the landmark feminist text New Portuguese Letters. The book’s publication in 1972 led to a major crisis for Portugal’s dictatorial government, which by banning the book’s sale and arresting its three authors for ‘offending public morals’, sparked an extraordinary global movement of women’s solidarity, demanding these writers’ freedom and an end to the suppression of their work. The book’s indictment of patriarchal oppression, misogyny and militarism, and global outcry against the authors’ treatment, played a huge role in making women’s rights central to the programme of democratic reform after the Estado Novo dictatorship was toppled in Portugal’s 1974 ‘April Revolution’, whose 50th anniversary this event celebrates.
O Que Podem as Palavras’s award-winning directors, Luísa Sequeira and Luísa Marinho, and its principal animator, Eduardo Sana, will be joining us for this first UK public screening and participating in a Q&A discussion chaired by specialist in Portuguese cultural history Dr Peter Haysom-Rodríguez (University of Leeds).

All welcome! The film will be screened with English subtitles; the Q&A session will be in English and Portuguese, with English translation.


Sponsored by the Instituto Camões, London

Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and Centre for Memory Studies and Post-Conflict Cultures (University of Nottingham)