Filipa César

Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker interested in the fictional aspects of the documentary genre, the porous borders between cinema and its reception, and the politics and poetics inherent to the moving image. Her practice takes media as a means to expand or expose counter-narratives of resistance to historicism. Since 2011, César ’has been researching the militant cinema practice of the African Liberation Movement in Guinea Bissau as a laboratory of resistance to decolonizing epistemologies. Her genre bending work bridges contemporary and historical discourses in her film and video work, as well as in her writing and publications.
César premiered her first feature-length essay film Spell Reel at the Forum section of the 67th Berlinale, 2017 and her new film Quantum Creole was exhibited at the Forum Expanded section of the Berlinale 2020. Exhibitions and screenings include those at Gasworks, London; Flaherty Seminar and MoMA, New York; Harvard Art Museum, Boston and; Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

As of March 2020

Related Narrations
Minor Universality Residencies


New Alphabet School


With Filipa César, Elizabeth Povinelli, Karrabing Film Collective and others

Online program: Lecture and screenings

2021, Mon, Jul 05

The Whole Life: An Archive Project

Challenging Collections. Common Things and Alternative Archives

With Filipa César, Cornelia Sollfrank, Martina Griesser-Stermscheg, Nora Sternfeld, Franciska Zólyom, Luisa Ziaja and others

Online program: Lectures, discussions, book presentations

2020, Thu, Oct 15

20 Sunsets

Spell Reel | Memory Also Die

D: Filipa César, Germany/Portugal/France/Guinea-Bissau 2017, 96 min , OV with English subtitles | D: Didi Cheeka, Nigeria 2020, 6 min, silent with English subtitles

Film | #2 Bilder ausgraben

2020, Fri, Jul 24

Alle Veranstaltungen

Education Shock

Education Shock conference 2019

Learning, Politics and Architecture in the Global 1960s and 70s


2019, Sat, Nov 30

The New Alphabet – Opening Days

Looming Creole

Installation, Lecture Performance

2019, Sat, Jan 12


Bodies of Fact: The Archive from Witness to Voice

With Filipa César, Grada Kilomba, Diana McCarty and Krista Belle Stewart, moderated by Denise Ryner

Screening, Talk

2017, Sat, Jul 08

Les Rencontres Internationales – New Cinema and Contemporary Art

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin

Coffee discussion (Audi Foyer) | Objects (Vts) | Fiction Stratum (Audi) | Revolt Growth (Vts) | History. Part 2 - Confrontations (Audi) | Utopia, every day (Vts) | Carte blanche to Antoni Muntadas (Audi) | Atopos (Audi) | Revisited Cinema (Audi)


2017, Sat, Jun 17

Les Rencontres Internationales 2016

Les Rencontres Internationales

Workers (Ths) | Special Screening (Audi) | Eco-System (Audi) | Mined Soil (Ths) | And The Living Is Easy (Audi) | Iconic (Ths) | Post-Traumatic (Ths) | Carte Blanche To Pedro Costa (Audi) | Closing Screening (Audi)


2016, Sun, Mar 20

Labour in a Single Shot

Thinking with Farocki 2

With Filipa César, Diedrich Diederichsen, Klaus Wyborny, and Anselm Franke


2015, Fri, Feb 27

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid 2012

Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin / Madrid

New cinema and contemporary art

Films, Forum and Diskussions

2012, Tue, Jul 03

Labor Berlin 2011

Labor Berlin 5: Filipa César

The Embassy


Beyond Multiculturalism?

Beyond Multiculturalism?

Envisioning the Immigration Society

International Conference - Day 3

2009, Sat, Jun 06