Filipa César

Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker. She is interested in the fictional aspects of the documentary genre, the borders between cinema and its reception, and the politics and poetics of the moving image. Since 2011, César has been researching the militant cinema practice of the African Liberation Movement in Guinea Bissau. César premiered her first feature-length essay film Spell Reel at the Berlinale, 2017. Her film Quantum Creole was exhibited at the Berlinale 2020. Her screenings and exhibitions include Gasworks, London; Flaherty Seminar and MoMA, New York; Harvard Art Museum, Boston.

As of March 2022


The Pregnant Oyster – Doubts on Universalism

Exhibition, talks, workshops and guided tours

Jun 30–Jul 3, 2022

The Whole Life. Archives & Imaginaries

Nossa Terra

With Filipa César and Léa Morin

Screening, talk

Mar 26, 2022

New Alphabet School


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

Online program: Lecture and screenings

Jul 5, 2021

Alle Veranstaltungen

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

Oct 15, 2020

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

Jul 24, 2020

Education Shock

Education Shock conference 2019

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


Nov 30, 2019

The New Alphabet – Opening Days

Looming Creole

Installation, Lecture Performance

Jan 12, 2019


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

Jul 8, 2017

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)


Jun 17, 2017

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)


Mar 20, 2016

Labour in a Single Shot

Thinking with Farocki 2

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


Feb 27, 2015

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid 2012

Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin / Madrid

New cinema and contemporary art

Films, Forum and Diskussions

Jul 3, 2012

Labor Berlin 2011

Labor Berlin 5: Filipa César

The Embassy


Apr 16–Jun 19, 2011

Beyond Multiculturalism?

Beyond Multiculturalism?

Envisioning the Immigration Society

International Conference - Day 3

Jun 6, 2009