Lisbon Beat by co-director Rita Maia

3 June 2021

A modern-day cinematic representation of how Afro-Portuguese identities influence the vibrant music scenes of Lisbon.

Lisbon-born, London-based DJ Rita Maia and cinematographer Vasco Viana share insights into a vibrant community of musicians and producers from Afro-Portuguese backgrounds living in Lisbon, each with their own unique relationship to this complex city.

From Angola to São Tomé, Cabo Verde to Guinea Bissau, this phenomenal portrait connects audiences to the past and present influences of Afro-Portuguese identities in Lisbon’s music scenes, across generations of artists. Through sharing these stories, the film opens up an important discussion on Afro-Portuguese cultural contributions, and how music can shape a community to understand who they are and who they want to be.

+ Online live DJ set with Rita Maia

Join us at 9pm on Friday 4 June, for Rita Maia’s online DJ set; check back for more details.

Portugal 2019 Dirs Rita Maia,Vasco Viana 75 min

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