LISBON BEAT / Batida de Lisboa

Vasco Viana & Rita Maia

This is an exuberant documentary portrait of a city through the lives of different generations of artists from Angola, Sao Tome, Cabo Verde and Guine Bissau. Lisbon Beat highlights the innovative Afro- Portuguese music scene thriving on the outskirts of Lisbon.


Cinematographer Vasco Viana and Lisbon-born, London-based DJ Rita Maia depict a vibrant community of musicians and producers from diverse backgrounds each establishing their relationship to this complex city. Among many other notable figures, the film features DJ Nigga Fox, previously represented by Portugal’s Principé label, and recently signed by Sheffield’s Warp Records. 

In collaboration with Document Film Festival, Lusofonias Oficinas de Português and Be United

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Age certificate: 12 /  Portugal / 2019 / 75 min / Digital / Portuguese with English subtitles / Documentary



Wed 26 Feb 8.30pm at the Filmhouse

PRICE: £11 / £9 Concs.  

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Followed by a Q&A with co-director Rita Maia.

Led by Areeva Goliath – Be United Managing Director

Introduced by Lusofonias – Oficinas de Português.

The screening will be preceded by IberoDocs Opening Reception at the Traverse Theatre at 6pm, with Live Fado by Mariana Moreira.

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Rita Maia will deliver a Masterclass at the Scottish Documentary Institute, open for all on Thursday 27th of February at 2pm at Edinburgh College of Art.


Free but Ticketed

Join us on the 27th of February from 11pm at Henry's Cellar Bar for Lisbon Beat Party with DJ Rita Maia in collaboration with music club Samedia Shebeen.


Ticketed £8 (£5 for IberoDocs Ticketholders)


Sun 15 March 1pm at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts

PRICE: £4 - £8

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