DN student film awarded by the Portuguese Film Academy
Alexander Sussmann, a DocNomads student from Germany, won the “Sophia” award for best documentary in the student category with “Jamaika Onto New Paths”, a film he directed during the 1st semester of DocNomads Masters. The “Sophias” are awarded yearly by the Portuguese Film Academy as a prestigious distinction to films made in Portugal.
JAMAIKA ONTO NEW PATHS
2019 • Color • 14' • o.v. Portuguese w/ English subtitles
Jamaika is also Portugal - an informal settlement in the outskirts of Lisbon inhabited by African migrants and Roma families. Joao, a 54-year-old handyman in the neighborhood is forced to face a new life after resettlement of the community. During the building’s teardown, Joao battles between memories and exploring a new life.