A collection of personal testimonies about the role of private homes and institutions in the anti-fascist resistance struggle during the "Estado Novo" regime in Vila Franca de Xira.
Master's Degree Film at Universidade da Beira Interior:
Vila Franca de Xira, a city that was known in PIDE (ex-political police during Portuguese fascism) as “A Vermelha”, was an important political epicenter throughout the "Estado Novo" period. Echoes of the Red One is based on a collection of interviews about the functioning of private houses or institutions and their oppositional and libertarian role during the "Estado Novo" regime.
The film will be made by collecting interviews with the very people who somehow played important roles in these cultural and resistance spaces in Vila Franca.
Some of the spaces and events to address will be:
- The Cultural Section of União Desportiva Vilafranquense and its cultural actions;
- Ateneu Artístico Vilafranquense and its cultural actions, highlighting the “Zip Xira” (inspired by the television program "Zip Zip" from RTP) which promoted a critical look at society at the time and was later banned by PIDE;
- House "34" and its free-singing cultural events and political work;
- House “50” and its political actions, where the first meetings for the Women's Democratic Movement (MDM) were also held;
- The Parish Secretariat and its importance in stimulating opposition cultural events;
- Vila Franca de Xira's Commercial and Industrial School and its importance for the educational development of the local population;
- The Alves Redol Popular Center;
- Travel aboard the "Liberdade" (Liberty) Boat;
- Activities in cafes and taverns such as Taberna do Chico Alemão;
- Preparation of the electoral campaign of the Democratic Electoral Commission (CDE) in 1969 in the Eugénio's Garage;
- The funeral of the writer Alves Redol and "his" people.
The angle of approach of this film focuses mainly on the decisive role that culture, associations, friendship and camaraderie played in the formation and organization of the populations of Vila Franca and Greater Lisbon in their struggle for a different, free country of repression and censorship.
We believe in the potential of this project for its cultural and historical value both for the city of Vila Franca de Xira and for the country itself. Approaching a subject still little explored in national cinema, especially because it focuses on the events of a specific place and especially highlighting the area of culture, we consider that it will be an indispensable object that will leave fundamental testimonies about the history of our country, for posterity.