UPHEAVAL

It's essential to generate life, dialogue, understanding, and celebrate humanity. In times of widespread pandemic, raising questions about the preservation of democracy, the integrity of public health and our own notions of individuality, we are dragged into a process of change. 'Upheaval' is a meeting between the artist Welket Bungué, and the parliamentary politician Joacine Katar Moreira. Here, they question the essence of their crafts, making an unexpected paradigm of imminent revolution resound.

  • Welket Bungué
    Director
    Bastien, Arriaga, Jah Intervention, I Am Not Pilatus
  • Welket Bungué
    Writer
    Bastien, Arriaga, Jah Intervention, I Am Not Pilatus
  • Joacine Katar Moreira
    Key Cast
  • Welket Bungué
    Key Cast
    Berlin Alexanderplatz, Body Electric, Bastien
  • Alesa Herero
    Key Cast
  • Kussa Productions
    Producer
    Arriaga, Bastien, I Am Not Pilatus, Buôn
  • Teatro do Bairro Alto
    Producer
  • Vanessa Fernandes
    Director of Photography
  • Miguel Coelho
    Sound Director
  • Mû Mbana
    Music
  • Leonardo Mouramateus
    Editor
    António, 1, 2, 3
  • Welket Bungué
    Sound Design
    ExPerimetral, Jah Intervention
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mudança
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Bio-drama, Dance Film
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 2, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil, Portugal
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.66:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 71st Berlin Intl. Film Fest - Berlinale
    Berlin
    Germany
    March 1, 2021
    International Premiere
    Official Selection - Forum Expanded
  • 65th BFI London Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 6, 2021
    Great Britain Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 37th Short Film Festival Hamburg
    Hamburg
    Germany
    June 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 10th Luxor African Film Festival
    Luxor
    Egypt
    March 29, 2021
    African Premiere
    Official Selection - "Diaspora" Competition
  • 14th Cine Esquema Novo – Arte Audiovisual Brasileira
    Porto Alegre
    Brazil
    April 10, 2021
    Brazilian Premiere
    Mostra Artista Convidado Welket Bungué
  • 18th IndieLisboa IFF
    Lisboa
    Portugal
    August 31, 2021
    Portuguese Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 3rd Quibdó Africa Film Festival
    Pointe-Noire
    Congo
    September 14, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 6th Annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival
    Richmond, VIRGINIA
    United States
    September 16, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 12th Silicon Valley African Film Festival
    San Jose, CALIFORNIA
    United States
    October 9, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 16th ARICA Festival de Películas Nativas | AWARDED
    Arica
    Chile
    October 27, 2021
    Chilean Premiere
    Jury's Special Prize - Afrika Shorts
  • 17th Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema
    Salvador, BAHIA
    Brazil
    December 6, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 14th Festival Internacional de Cine Africano de Argentina - FICAA |AWARDED
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    November 1, 2021
    Argentinian Premiere
    Official Selection - Grand Prize Best Short Film
  • 25th American Black Film Festival - ABFF
    Miami, FL
    United States
    November 4, 2021
    Official Selection - World Showcase
  • 8th Porto/Post/Doc Film & Media Festival
    Porto
    Portugal
    November 22, 2021
    Official Selection - Cinema Falado
  • 27th Caminhos do Cinema Português IFF
    Coimbra
    Portugal
    November 7, 2021
    Official Selection - Outros Olhares
  • 21st Afrykamera African Film Festival
    Warsaw, Kraków
    Poland
    December 10, 2021
    Polish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 13th Festival Internacional de Cina de Cali - FICCALI
    Cali
    Colombia
    November 19, 2021
    Official Selection - African Vanguards
  • 16th International Short & Independent Film Festival, Dhaka 2022
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    February 25, 2022
    Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
    Official Selection
  • CinEXU 2022
    Lisboa
    Portugal
    February 21, 2022
    ESC -Espaço Santa Catarina
    Curated by Grupo EDUCAR
  • RTF Realtime International Film Festival (To Be Announced)
    Benin City
    Nigeria
    August 19, 2022
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • KUSSA Productions
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Theatrical, Paid TV
Director Biography - Welket Bungué

Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, was born in Xitole (Guinea-Bissau) on February 7th, 1988. He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor and film director based in Berlin, a co-founder of Kussa Productions. He holds a degree in Theater from the Actors branch (ESTC / Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Performance (UniRio / Brazil). He is a Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema, the Deutsche Filmakademie, and a member of the European Film Academy since 2021. Bungué's film works are represented by ARSENAL - Institut für Film und Videokunst (Institute for Film and Video Art, in Berlin). Its films have been screened on several international film festivals, such as Berlinale, ABFF (US), Africlap (France), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlin), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Rio de Janeiro IFF, and the Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. He also directed the short films 'Mudança' (2021), 'I Am Not Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019), and 'Bastien'(2016) in which he was distinguished with the “Best Actor Award” and “Best First Film Award” by Shortcutz Awards 2017. In 2019 he was awarded with an “Angela Award - On The Move” at the Subtitle Festival in Kilkenny (Ireland), by Richard Cook and Steve Cash. Welket Bungué starred the cast of 'Joaquim', by Marcelo Gomes (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2017), 'Body Electric' (IFFR 2017), 'Kaminey' (2009), by Vishaal Bahardwaj, 'Letters From War' (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2016), by Ivo M. Ferreira. In 2020 Welket won the "MAAT Grand Prize - FUSO Intl. Festival of Video Art of Lisbon" with his film 'Metalheart', also starred Franz Biberkopf in 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Berlinale 2020), directed by Burhan Qurbani, which lead him to a nomination as “Best Male Lead” at the LOLA awards of the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis), and grant him a “Aluminum Horse Prize” for “Best Actor” at the Stockholm Intl. Film Festival. In 2021, he won the 'Cinema Industry Prestige Award' at the 25th RDP Africa - Prestige Award Cerimony (Portugal). Welket is part of the main cast of the new film from David Cronenberg, 'Crimes of the Future', among the actors Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.
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Welket Bungué é artista transdisciplinar, de etnia balanta. Considera-se de origem guineense-português, tendo nascido na Guiné-Bissau (região de Xitole) a 7 de Fevereiro de 1988. Reside em Berlim, mas trabalha artisticamente ao nível internacional. É co-fundador da produtora KUSSA, faz locução para entidades internacionais, desenvolve Escrita Dramática, Argumento de Cinema, Performances e Teatro. É licenciado em Teatro no ramo de Atores (ESTC/Lisboa) e pós-graduado em Performance (UniRio/RJ). É Membro Permanente da Academia Portuguesa de Cinema desde 2015, membro da Deutsche Filmakademie desde 2020, e membro associado da Academia Europeia de Cinema desde 2021. A filmografia de Bungué compõe o portfólio do ARSENAL - Institut für Film und Videokunst (Institute for Film and Video Art, em Berlin). Os seus filmes têm circulado internacionalmente por inúmeros festivais de cinema tais como Berlinale, ABFF (EUA), Africlap (França), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlim), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Fest. Intl. de Cinema do Rio de Janeiro ou o Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. Welket realizou as curtas-metragens 'Eu Não Sou Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019) e 'Bastien'(2016) no qual foi distinguido com os prémios “Melhor Ator” e “Melhor Primeira Obra” nos prémios Shortcutz 2017 em Viseu e Ovar respetivamente. Em 2019 foi distinguido com o prémio “Angela Award - On The Road” no Subtitle Festival em Kilkenny, na Irlanda. Em 2020 Welket é o protagonista de 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Comp. Intl. Berlinale 2020), realizado por Burhan Qurbani, em que a sua interpretação lhe valeu uma indicação ao Urso de Prata, uma nomeação como “Melhor Ator Principal” nos prémios LOLA da Academia Alemã de Cinema (Deutscher Filmpreis), e ainda o prémio “Cavalo de Alumínio” para “Melhor Ator” no Festival Internacional de Cinema de Estocolmo. Welket está a terminar a escrita do seu primeiro livro 'Corpo Periférico', um ensaio autobiográfico sobre a produção de cinema de autor com base no conceito homónimo de "cinema de autorrepresentação".

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Director Statement

(Eng.) In order to articulate a film that could fulfill the purpose of the challenge proposed by Francisco Frazão (Dir. Artístico TBA), in which an artistic approach is called for that puts in dialogue the activities of those considered “essential workers” and artists in general, I came up with the idea of change'.

Since July, I resumed the possibility of traveling and went to Marseille, a place where I realized that I would like to glimpse the possibility of seeing the most prominent voice of the current Portuguese national politics represented, which exactly corresponds to the purposes of the social-civic agenda developed by the citizen and deputy. Joacine Katar Moreira.

In Marseille, in a temperate Mediterranean climate, typical of summer, I witnessed the resumption of cultural activities, in which it was cautiously possible to again see a crowd of people celebrating there near the Cours Julien district. This cluster reflected an idea of cohesion and social cohabitation that I continue to find essential to reflect in our current Portuguese society, and I needed to understand which figure has most represented this feeling. So I came to the conclusion that Joacine could have the potential “essential worker” she needed, and the idea that came to me immediately was to propose to the deputy to decorate two prose-poetry texts written by my father, Paulo T. Bungué, originally published in his book 'Cabaró, Djito Tem!' (1996), joining their two voices.

In times of widespread pandemic, questioning the preservation of democracy, the integrity of public health and our own notions of individuality, we are dragged by a process of change already underway. How to think about a meeting between an artist and a deputy, who decide to question the essence of their crafts? In 'Mudança' the challenge is to make the artist Welket Bungué and the politician Joacine Katar Moreira, making use of their expression and communication skills, which can be questioned physically and orally based on the understanding of what is the essence of the art of rhetoric and the art of representation, respectively.

The film makes use of the projection of original paintings created for the same, conceived by the artist Nú Barreto, and still has the musicality in charge of Mû Mbana, both from Guinea-Bissau.

'Mudança' has as its visual proposal the plasticity of the interpreted text, and of the digital image projected on the performers. The music and textual content appeal to the dreamlike drama of a territory thought from island sensations, brought by references to the people of the Bijagó archipelago, in Guinea-Bissau.

'Mudança' is a dance-film that continues the work 'N'sumande Tchalih Hudi' (2019), an epic-narrative film created by Welket Bungué, with images captured in the Amazon rainforest and in the Natural Park of Itatiaia (Brazil).
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(Pt) Para articular um filme que pudesse cumprir o propósito do desafio proposto pelo Francisco Frazão (Dir. Artístico TBA), no qual se pede uma abordagem artística que coloque em diálogo as atividades dos considerados “trabalhadores essenciais” e dos artistas em geral, cheguei à ideia de 'Mudança'.

Desde Julho que retomei a possibilidade de viajar e fui para Marselha, lugar onde percebi que gostaria de vislumbrar a possibilidade de ver representada a voz mais proeminente da atualidade política nacional portuguesa, que justamente corresponde aos propósitos da agenda social-cívica desenvolvida pela cidadã e deputada Joacine Katar Moreira.

Em Marselha, num mediterrânico clima temperado, típico do Verão, assisti ao reinício das atividades culturais, em que cautelosamente se pôde voltar a ver um aglomerado de pessoas a celebrar ali próximo ao bairro de Cours Julien. Esse aglomerado refletia uma ideia de coesão e co-habitabilidade social que eu continuo a achar essencial refletir na nossa sociedade atual portuguesa, e precisei de perceber qual a figura que mais tem representado esse sentimento. Assim, cheguei à conclusão que Joacine poderia ter o potencial de “trabalhadora essencial” de que precisava, e a ideia que me surgiu imediatamente foi a de propor à deputada decorar dois textos prosa-poesia escritos pelo meu pai, Paulo T. Bungué, originalmente publicados no seu livro 'Cabaró, Djito Tem!' (1996), unindo as suas duas vozes.

Em tempos de pandemia generalizada, questionando a preservação da democracia, a integridade da saúde pública e as nossas próprias noções de individualidade, vemo-nos arrastados por um processo de mudança já em curso. Como pensar um encontro entre um artista e uma deputada, que decidem questionar a essência dos seus ofícios? Em 'Mudança' o desafio é fazer com que o artista Welket Bungué e a política Joacine Katar Moreira, fazendo uso das suas capacidades de expressão e comunicação, que se possam questionar física e oralmente com base no entendimento daquilo que é a essência da arte da retórica e da arte da representação, respetivamente.

O filme faz uso da projeção de pinturas originais criadas para o mesmo, concebidas pelo artista plástico Nú Barreto, e tem ainda a musicalidade a cargo de Mû Mbana, ambos da Guiné-Bissau.

'Mudança' tem como proposta visual a plasticidade do texto interpretado, e da imagem digital projetada sobre os performers. A música e o conteúdo textual apelam ao dramatismo onírico de um território pensado a partir de sensações insulares, trazidas pelas referências ao povo do arquipélago Bijagó, na Guiné-Bissau.

'Mudança' é um filme-dança que dá continuidade à obra 'N'sumande Tchalih Hudi' (2019), um filme épico-narrativo criado por Welket Bungué, com imagens captadas na floresta amazónica e no Parque Natural de Itatiaia (Brasil).