Rita Morais (Portugal) is an artist filmmaker and programmer, with a particular interest in the fields of experimental cinema, artists film and moving image and its relationship with issues raised by ecology. Graduating with a Masters in Artists’ Film & Moving Image from Goldsmiths, she is the founder and artistic director of ‘Miragem – kinematic arts in the landscape’ in Pico Island, Azores, as well as a programmer in the experimental section of Curtas Villa do Conde IFF. She is a member of Laboratório da Torre, an experimental film lab in Porto.
Personal, geological and collective histories are reencountered through this series of films. A reckoning is at the core of Myrid Carten’s candid portrait of familial ties in Sorrow had a baby. While the caverns of a corpse mountain become the place and wonder for a curious eye in Rita Morais’ 16mm film Há ouro em todo o lado, where a child’s play and voice relay sage observations of its past transformation. Afro-Diasporic underground disco, house and ballroom culture is source and inspiration for the blissful and rapturous worldmaking within India Sky Davis’ The Lifecycle of Rainbows.
Descendants is presented in collaboration with the MA Artists’ Film & Moving Image at Goldsmiths University of London, selected by artist filmmaker and programme director Gail Pickering.