Violent Cinemas: Northern Ireland and Brazil

01/05/2022 13:35

Com muita satisfação, anunciamos o próximo evento do NEI – Núcleo dos Estudos Irlandeses, em parceria com o Trinity College Dublin e com o PPGI/UFSC, chamado “Violent Cinemas”, que acontecerá no dia 08 de junho de 2022, às 14h00, ao vivo no YouTube Channel do PPGI. Participe!

The roundtable “Violent Cinemas” focuses on how violence is a relevant and strong element in cinemas from Northern Ireland and Brazil and can be perceived in many ways in filmic representations, for instance, through acts of physical aggression, psychological oppression, hostility toward gender issues, ethnic antagonism, religious animosity, among others. Cinema is a powerful outlet for the discussion of such issues across different film genres and plot stories. Violence becomes a circular mode of interaction that can be interpreted in different ways, indicating diverse cultural, social and political messages. Themes of domination, otherness, patriarchy and several others are noticed in the cinematic representations discussed in this roundtable that focuses on raising debates on films from Northern Ireland and Brazil and their interpretations of what violence means to their societies. We have an outstanding line-up of speakers, including academics and filmmakers, whose works are somehow connected to contexts of violence and their reverberations: John Hill, Maeve Murphy, Cahal McLaughlin, and Alessandra Brandão.

📅Wednesday, June 8th 
🕤2:00 – 3:30pm Brazil | 6:00 – 7:30pm Ireland
💻YouTube Channel PPGI

🖊 This event offers a certificate of attendance!


John Hill is Professor of Media in the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Cinema and Ireland (co-author 1987), The Oxford Guide to Film Studies (co-editor 1998), Cinema and Northern Ireland (2006) and A Companion to British and Irish Cinema (2019), among many other publications. His research has focused on a variety of areas including film and television history, national and regional cinemas, the film industry, film policy and the politics of film and television. Besides his academic work, Professor Hill was the chair of the Northern Ireland Film Council, a governor of the British Film Institute and director of the UK Film Council, working towards improved support for filmmaking, film distribution and archival preservation and access.

Cahal McLaughin is Chair of Film Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and director of the Prisons Memory Archive. As a documentary filmmaker, he has engaged with methods of how we might address the legacy of conflicted pasts in ways that acknowledge the vulnerability of our memories and the contested nature of our narratives. His most recent films include We Never Gave Up (2022) the third film in a trilogy on the legacy of apartheid in South Africa. Right Now I Want to Scream (2020) on police violence in Rio de Janeiro, Armagh Stories: Voices from the Gaol (2015), on the female prison during the Troubles. His publications include Recording Memories from Political Conflict: a filmmaker’s journey, a book published in 2010.

Award winning writer and director Maeve Murphy was born in Belfast and was the co-founder of the women’s theatre company, “Trouble and Strife”. She wrote and directed three acclaimed feature films, all of which have been selected for and awarded at several international film festivals, including Cannes where Silent Grace, her debut feature that tells the untold story of the IRA women prisoner’s Hunger Strike and Dirty Protest, was chosen to represent the UK in 2002. Maeve was recipient of Best Film at the London Independent Film Festival in 2009 for her second feature film Beyond the Fire and her third film entitled Taking Stock premiered in 2015 and won 8 international film festival awards. In 2020 her feature film, Silent Grace, was placed at number 38 on The Irish Times list of the “50 Greatest Irish Films Ever Made.” Her first novella, Christmas at the Cross, serialised in The Irish Times, was published in 2021 and has been optioned by Tile Media for a feature film that Maeve will write and direct.

Alessandra Brandão is Head of School and Professor of Film and Gender Studies at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds in 2013. Her research interests are related to the portrayal of women in cinema and literature, addressing issues of gender, race, class and sexuality. She was the vice-president of SOCINE, the Society of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies in Brazil, and the chief editor of the Brazilian film journal Rebeca. Professor Brandão has co-edited several publications such as Cinema, Globalização, Transculturalidade (2013) and A sobrevivência das imagens (2015). She has also widely published in Brazilian and international journals and edited collections. One of her latest articles is entitled “Bodylands para além da in/visibilidade lésbica no cinema: brincando com água” that was published in Rebeca in 2021.


Ketlyn Mara Rosa is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, carrying out research funded by the Irish Research Council on urban conflicts cinema in Northern Ireland and Brazil. She holds a Doctoral Degree from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina/PPGI and her upcoming book entitled Conflict Cinemas in Northern Ireland and Brazil will be released in 2023 with Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos is a member of the Postgraduate Programme in English at UFSC; Vice-coordinator of NEI; and an executive member of IASIL – The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. She supervises research projects at MA and PhD level in Irish Studies at PPGI/UFSC.