Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa
International Festival Signs of the Night- Lisbon

18° Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa (6° Edição) - December 27-31, 2020



December 29th - 31th, 2020



Sewing Box for My Daughter

Kieko Ikehata
Japan / 2020 / 0:15:53

Two mothers answer interview questions about their daughters. They took completely opposite actions to their own daughters. That was to relive their own lives over again... In Japan, women are bound to their homes. Discarding their own surnames to become a wife and take over the home. The husband is called the head of the family and the wife is called the one in the home. Although times may change, the oppression of women certainly exists. Freeing their unfulfilled wishes through their daughters. The everlasting stories of these women who keep dreaming.



Stream X

Hiroya Sakurai
Japan / 2019 / 0:06:53

In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of water as it follows the man-made course. This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water. In episode 10 of The Stream, I tried an experiment in which environmental sound in the water is replaced with environmental sound from outside the waterway. As a result, the viewer experiences the sound of the wind as an underwater environmental sound. The wind moves the aquatic plants and pushes along objects floating on the water.My purpose was to use the expression of the wind as a metaphor for the stream and to impress the viewer with the liveliness of water, which is the theme of this work.



I Ran from It and Was Still In I

Darol Olu Kae
USA / 2020 / 0:11:00

"I ran from it and was still in it" poetically interweaves personal family memories with original and found footage to offer a more complex portrait of familial loss and separation. Kae wades through deep emotions surrounding the death of his father and the sudden relocation of his children, repurposing intimate family scenes from his personal archive by pairing them with online media from a variety of sources to explore how the autobiographical model can potentially extend beyond the personal.


Clench My Fists

Sarah Trad
USA / 2020 / 0:05:49

“Clench My Fists” is a found-footage collage video that explores the process of growing up in an Arab family deeply affected by death and grief. Using footage from the Lebanese film “In the Battlefields,” as well as “Candy” and “The 100,” and audio from archival recorded Lebanese funeral laments, the video looks at how men and women express grief and anger under the patriarchy, as well as how trauma and childhood experiences can evolve into mental illness and patterns of behavior as adults. “Clench My Fists” is part of a larger body of work dealing with racial identity and the concept of “inherited grief;” that through biological or behavioral means, trauma is passed down through prospective family generations so that family members might experience the residual effects of trauma they did not personally witness. This body of work explores how the death of the artist’s grandfather, an Arab American, caused ripples of mental illness and skewed racial identity through her paternal family. Using filmic material that the artist used to connect with her heritage, “Clench My Fists” is part of a series of work focusing on not only decolonizing Imperialist Western understandings of the Middle East but to also show the beauty of the artist’s heritage, outside the context of her family





Yuka Sato
Japan / 2020 / 0:08:10

What is birth? It is said that being born into this world is the beginning of suffering: dukkha



Absence of Light

Beatrice Aliné
Germany / 2019 / 0:10:00

You can measure the light but you can’t measure the dark. In duality we see one as the opposite of the other. Yet darkness is the absence of light. And an absence is not a measurable thing. It simply does not exist. Light protects us from our fundamental fear of the dark. But remember where there is light, there must be shadow. We live in a technological era where our dependence on energy is greater than ever before. It became an irreplaceable commodity. So one question arises quickly. What's left to do if the sun pulls the plug on you? The answer lies within the perception of the viewer.


Earth FM

Philip Rabalais
USA / 2019 / 0:10:35

Tune in to the Sound of the UNderground. Earth FM is a minimalist sci-fi about imaginary science and sonic symbiosis. Three researchers reach into the planet using esoteric audio equipment. Their search for signal culminates when their transmissions cross, resulting in a mysterious and cathartic discovery.




Frank Glover
USA / 2020 / 0:34:00

A "darkly dazzling" silent film addressing the commercialization of beauty and the world premiere of Symphony no.1 for string orchestra, piano and percussion, by multi-media artist, Frank Glover.