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International jury of the BRICS Film Festival Competition section has been selected

The Competition section of the 4th BRICS Film Festival will screen ten films, two from each country – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The international jury, responsible for choosing the best film, has already been selected.

Five film critics and experts were invited to be members of the jury: Martin Botha from South Africa, who will also be teaching the South African film history course during the festival, Qin Xiqing from China, Rita Dutta from India, Kirill Razlogov from Russia, and Susy Freitas from Brazil.

The jury was put together in partnership with the Brazilian Association of Film Critics (Abraccine), created in 2011 to represent hundreds of critics from several Brazilian states, and with the institutional support of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), a worldwide association of film critics with representation in 50 countries.


Jury Members 

Martin Botha / South Africa

Martin Botha is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has published more than 200 texts on South African cinema and media, including six books: Images of South Africa: the rise of the alternative film (1992); Movies, Moguls, Mavericks: South African cinema: 1979-1991 (1992); Kronieken van Zuid-Afrika: De films van Manie van Rensburg (1997); Jans Rautenbach: Dromer, baanbreker en auteur (2006); Marginal Lives and Painful Pasts: South African cinema after apartheid (2007); and South African Cinema 1896 – 2010 (Intellect Books, 2012). He is a film critic, a member of FIPRESCI, and has participated in international juries of several festivals, such as the Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival, the Tromso International Film Festival, the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, and recently the Transilvania International Film Festival.


Qin Xiqing / China

Qin Xiqing is a film historian and critic. She holds a PhD in Film Studies and currently works as a research fellow and professor at the Institute of Film & TV Arts, at the National Academy of Chinese Arts (NACA). Her research includes post-modern theories, Chinese silent film history, and feminist film studies. Her publications include Jean-Francois Lyotard: A Post-modern Theorist Flying his Own Colors (1992), Chinese Film History (co-author, 1996), European-American Early Cinema and Chinese Early Cinema 1920-1930 (2008), Western Feminist Cinema (2008), and Film and Culture (2015). She has translated into Chinese Movie History, by Douglas Gomery and Clara Pafort-Overduin. As editor-in-chief of the foreign section of the Encyclopaedia of Chinese Film and TV, she is currently working on compiling and editing entries that cover world cinema extensively.


Rita Dutta / India

Rita Dutta is a film critic and member of FIPRESCI. She is an undergraduate professor at the University of Calcutta and a PhD candidate in Cinema. She writes extensively about cinema and edits an international film journal. She was a jury member for a number of international festivals, such as Cannes, Pusan, Cairo, Kiev. She gave lectures in Istanbul, Macedonia, Poland, etc. She is currently editing a book on Indian cinema.


Kirill Razlogov / Russia

Kirill Razlogov graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (1969). He holds a PhD in Arts and Cultural Studies. He started his career as a researcher at the Russian Film Archive in 1969. He is the author and/or editor of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on film and media, cultural history, art history, and cultural policy. As a journalist, he wrote for Moskovskaya Pravda and Izvestia, and was a columnist for the weekly magazine Kompania (until 2005). Since 2001, he has written, produced and hosted the weekly TV show Movie Cult on the Rossiya-Kultura TV channel. Other TV series he presented include Cinemarathon (1993-1995), Century of Cinema (1994-1995), and From the Avant-Garde Film to Video-Art (2000-2001). He was the Programming Director of the Moscow International Film Festival from 1999 to 2005. In 2009 he returned to the position, which he holds until the present date.


Susy Freitas / Brazil

Susy Freitas holds a degree in Language, a degree in Journalism, and a master’s degree in Communication Sciences from the Federal University of Amazonas. She is a professor of Communication and writes for the Cine Set website ( She is a member of the Brazilian Association of Film Critics (Abraccine) and of Elviras, a collective of women film critics. She has published essays in the following books: Documentário brasileiro – 100 filmes essenciais (2017); Animação brasileira – 100 filmes essenciais (2018); and Trajetória da crítica de cinema no Brasil (2019). She has also edited Cine Set e a Crítica Cinematográfica no Amazonas (Casa Literária, 2019) and authored two poetry volumes, Véu sem voz (Bartlebee, 2015) and Alerta, Selvagem (Patuá, 2019).


Selected features



The Young Baumanns, directed by Bruna Carvalho Almeida, tells the mysterious story of a group of young people who go missing after the summer holidays. Scenes from home VHS footage of their last family moments are used to unfold the plot of this mystery.

Children of Macunaíma, directed by Miguel Antunes Ramos, tells the story of three indigenous families living in Northern Brazil. The plot revolves around characters who keep moving around in search of their identities.



The Lord Eagle, directed by Eduard Nivikov, takes place in 1930 in Yakutia, in the far north of Russia. It tells the story of the simple, everyday lives of people tending to cows, hunting and fishing, until one day an eagle, a sacred animal to the village, enters the garden of an elderly couple, altering their daily routine.

Tutor, a drama produced and directed by Anton Kolomeets, tells the story of 17-year-old Savva, a young man who is preparing for university admission. When his parents go on vacation, they leave him the task of studying for his entrance exams. Savva then finds a foreign literature teacher on the “Your Tutor” website.



A Timeline, directed by Churni Ganguly, explores the impermanence of existence and immortality through the lives that have been touched. The plot mourns the death of “isms” and freethinkers, but it also has hopes for future leaders. The film is not just about any date, but about each day we lose from our lives while looking at our screens instead of making a difference in the real world.

Aalorukkam, directed by V C Abhilash and produced by Jolly Lonappan, tells the story of Pappu Pisharadi, a father searching for his son, who left home 16 years before, with the only wish to see him again.



White Snake, directed by Amp Wong and Zhao Ji, tells the story of the Chinese fable “The Legend of the White Snake”. A snake spirit named Blanca loses her memory when disguising herself as a woman and ends up falling in love with a snake hunter. This, however, strongly upsets her sister Verta, the green snake demon.

How Long Will I Love U, directed by Lun Su, mixes fantasy, drama, romance, and comedy. The feature addresses the distinctions in society in a fun and cheerful way for all viewers to enjoy, even children. The film portrays all the tough decisions we must make and their consequences, which can affect the rest of our lives.


South Africa

The Tokoloshe, directed by Jerome Pikwane, tells the story of a poor, emotionally repressed young woman who is desperate to lead a controlled life. However, to save a tormented young child’s life, she must first find courage to face an insatiable demon from her past.

When Babies Don’t Come, directed by Molatelo Mainetje, is a documentary that takes the audience on a journey through in vitro fertilization treatment, visits to a traditional healer, and rituals to ask for one’s ancestors’ assistance. The feature is an intimate portrait of infertility.


BRICS Film Festival The BRICS Film Festival brings together film productions and events from the five member states, namely, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, in annual editions on a rotating basis. In 2019, Brazil will host the 4th BRICS Film Festival from 23 September to 9 October. The event will be held in the city of Niterói and will be organized by the Department of Film and Video at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), in cooperation with the City Government of Niterói, with the institutional support of the Brazilian Film Agency (ANCINE) and the sponsorship of the Special Secretariat of Culture at the Ministry of Citizenship.


Event details

4th BRICS Film Festival

23 September – 9 October



Reserva Cultural – Av. Visconde do Rio Branco, 880 – São Domingos, Niterói

UFF Arts Center (Centro de Artes UFF) – Rua Miguel de Frias, 9 – Icaraí, Niterói

IACS – Rua Lara Vilela, 126 – São Domingos, Niterói


For the full schedule of the 4th BRICS Film Festival, visit

* The programme may be changed without notice. 



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Meet the foreign lecturers invited to teach the courses on film history of the BRICS countries

The 4th BRICS Film Festival programme will include four courses on South African, Chinese, Indian, and Russian film history, all taught by specially invited foreign lectures.

Learn more about these renowned professors.


Ashish Rajadhyaksha and his encyclopaedia of Indian cinema

Professor Ashish Rajadhyaksha is one of the researchers confirmed to attend the 4th BRICS Film Festival. Rajadhyaksha is one of the leading Indian film specialists and one of the authors of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema. Covering films in the major Indian languages, the volume has biographical information on directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. It also has a timeline with the major landmarks of Indian cinema, as well as an infographic on sound and silent films.


For the Chinese film history course, the presence of Professor Shi Chuan, who is also a film critic and producer in Shanghai, is confirmed.

Chosen to teach the Chinese film history course, Professor Shi Chuan is confirmed at the 4th BRICS Film Festival. Dr. Chuan is also a film critic and producer in Shanghai and a professor at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, one of China’s most traditional film schools.

For the past seven years, his pioneering spirit has led him into digital restoration and preservation of classic Chinese films such as Hibiscus Town (1986) and Stage Sisters (1965).


Martin Botha brings South African film history to the festival

One of South Africa’s confirmed representatives at the 4th BRICS Film Festival is Professor Martin Botha, author of South African Cinema 1896-2010. A specialist in South African film history, Botha approaches the history of film in the country from an inclusive perspective in his book. The volume also aims to analyse the country’s century-plus turbulent socio-political context. It also features more than 200 illustrations, covering several aspects of South African film history that had never been documented.


Peter Bagrov will teach the Russian and Soviet film history course

Professor Peter Bagrov is a film historian and archivist. Bagrov, who will also take part in the 4th BRICS Film Festival Audiovisual Preservation Meeting, has just been hired by the George Eastman Museum in Rochester as a curator of the Moving Image Department to replace Paolo Cherchi Usai. He holds a PhD from the Institute for Cinema Studies in Moscow (2011). He was a research associate at the Russian Institute of Art History and an associate professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television. Between 2013 and 2017 he served as senior curator at Gosfilmofond of Russia. He also served as artistic director of the Belye Stolby Archive Film Festival and as vice president of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). His areas of interest are Soviet film, theatre, and art history of the 1910s through 1960s. He has published more than 100 papers and has curated several film festivals retrospectives.


These will be intensive courses with classes in English, with simultaneous translation, and accompanied by the screening of rare films (with English subtitles).

The lecturers will bring an in-depth perspective on the different eras and styles of each country’s cinema to their classes, which will be complemented by the BRICS Classics programme.

Registration will be free and participants with a minimum attendance of 75% will be entitled to a certificate.

4th BRICS Film Festival offers free courses with foreign lecturers on Chinese, Indian, South African, and Russian and Soviet film history

Among the various events planned for the 4th BRICS Film Festival, the first ones are the four intensive courses on Chinese, Indian, South African, and Russian and Soviet film history, which will be taught by specially invited film experts from these countries. Classes will be in English, and simultaneous translation into Portuguese will be available.

Chinese Film History

The Chinese film history course, with Prof. Shi Chuan (Shanghai Theatre Academy), will be held from 23rd to 27th September, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Indian Film History

The Indian film history course, with Prof. Ashish Rajadhyaksha (Centre for the Study of Culture & Society), will be held from 23rd to 27th September, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Please note: The Chinese and Indian film courses will be on the same days and times.

South African Film History

The South African film history course, with Prof. Martin Botha (University of Cape Town), will be held from 23rd to 27th September, Monday to Friday, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Russian and Soviet Film History

The Russian and Soviet film history course, with Prof. Peter Bagrov (George Eastman Museum), will be held from 30th September to 2nd October, Monday to Wednesday, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


A proportion of vacancies will be soon available to anyone interested, free of charge, upon prior registration via the event website. Registration for vacancies reserved for film students and students of other courses at UFF are already available through the online system (Course GCV00295, do not mind the days / times / syllabus in the system). Please note that:

  • To attend the Russian and Soviet Film History course, you must enrol in Course GCV00295 – Extension Activities III – Class C1;
  • To attend the South African Film History course, you must enrol in Course GCV00295 – Extension Activities III – Class C2;
  • To attend the Chinese Film History course, you must enrol in Course GCV00295 – Extension Activities III – Class C3;
  • To attend the Indian Film History course, you must enrol in Course GCV00295 – Extension Activities III – Class C4;

All courses have a 30-hour workload and require attendance at the 4th BRICS Film Festival screenings related to the country whose course the student is enrolled. Vacancies are limited – registration does not automatically guarantee participation in the course. At this time, each UFF student can only enrol in one course through the online system. In case there are remaining vacancies, enrolment in a second course will be allowed during the readjustment period.

Registration will soon be available to external participants.

Two Brazilian feature films selected for the Competition section of the 4th BRICS Film Festival

After delving deep into the latest Brazilian productions, the curatorial committee revealed the two feature films selected for the Competition section of the 4th BRICS Film Festival.

The two titles selected are Filhos de Macunaíma (Sons of Macunaíma), directed by Miguel Antunes Ramos, and Os Jovens Baumann (The Baumann Kids), directed by Bruna Carvalho Almeida.

The curatorial committee comprises the following professors and researchers at UFF’s Department of Film and Video: Reinaldo Cardenuto (Competition curator), Luiz Carlos de Oliveira Júnior, and Lucas Reis.

Following their screenings in the 4th BRICS Film Festival, the selected features will compete in two Best Film categories, the Jury Award, given by a jury composed of members from all BRICS countries, and the Audience Award.


Follow the festival:

Final Selection for the Film Residency Program of the 4th BRICS Film Festival

  • Geoffrey Gaspard (Whistling Woods International Institute of Film, Communication and Creative Arts)
  • Ingá Maria Lima Patriota (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
  • Ingrid Fernandes Ruela (Universidade de Campinas)
  • Dilemardo Martins Cardoso (Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia)
  • Kristina Khabarova (St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television)
  • Lebo Raleting (South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance)
  • Matheus Leandro Amorim Souza (Instituto Federal de Goiás)
  • Ariana Gomes Lamarão (Universidade de Brasília)
  • Mia Azevedo Aragão (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco)
  • Osintseva Anastasia (St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television)
  • Tenyeko Anastatia Nkhuna (The University of Witwatersrand)
  • TianYi Si (Beijing Film Academy)
  • Victor De Beija (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
  • Yerra Tapasi Raju (Annapurna International School of Film + Media)
  • Yuri Duarte Vefago (Universidade Federal do Ceará)
  • Zhao Minglun (Communication University of China)