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Documentary Screening and discussion with the Portuguese author Dulce Maria Cardoso
Portuguese from Soho – A story that changed its geography (2016, 59 m.) directed by Ana Miranda. This film portraits the Portuguese community in Soho NYC – people who left Portugal after the II World War, each one of them with their very own reasons, but in general all of them trying to find a better life. For about an hour this documentary takes us through a series of interviews showing us who were and who ARE these people, what are their feelings about their home country and how the social background has changed since the time when they first moved to the present day.
Dulce Maria Cardoso (born 1964) is a Portuguese writer. She was born in Fonte Longa/Trás-os-Montes but moved to Luanda, Angola as an infant. Her family came back to Portugal in 1975 along with half a million other “retornados” as Portugal’s overseas colonies gained independence.
She studied law at the University of Lisbon and worked as a lawyer before taking up writing on a full-time basis. Her fiction includes novels as well as short stories. Her debut novel Campo de Sangue (2002) won the Grand Prize “Acontece de Romance”. Os Meus Sentimentos won the EU Prize for Literature, and O Chão dos Pardais (2009) won the Portuguese Pen Club Award. Her fourth novel O Retorno (2011) was also published to wide acclaim.