FORDLANDIA MALAISE

By Susana DE SOUSA DIAS

KINTOP - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

A film about the memory and the present of Fordlandia, the company town founded by Henry Ford in the Amazon rainforest in 1928.
A film that blends together archive imagery, testimonies, drone shootings, tales and narratives, myths and songs.

Festivals
& Awards

BAFICI 2019
Avant-Garde & Genre
Berlinale 2019
Forum Expanded
BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2019
Competencia Vanguardia y Género
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • PORTUGAL
    • Languages
    • BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE
    • Duration
    • 40 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Susana DE SOUSA DIAS
    • Producer(s)
    • Ansgar SCHAEFER (Kintop), Rui RIBEIRO (Kintop)
    • Synopsis
    • Fordlandia Malaise is a film about the memory and the present of Fordlandia, the company town founded by Henry Ford in the Amazon rain forest in 1928.
      His aim was to break the British rubber monopoly and produce this material in Brazil for his car production in the United States. Today, the remains of construction testify to the scale of the failure of this neocolonialist endeavor that lasted less then a decade.
      Nowadays, Fordlandia is a space suspended between times (20th and 21st centuries), between utopia and dystopia, between visibility and invisibility: architectural buildings of steel, glass and masonry still remain in use while traces of indigenous life left no marks on the ground.
      Although Fordlandia is well known due to the short lasting Fordian period, one must not forget the history either before or after. 
      Giving voice to the inhabitants who claim the right to write their own story and reject the ghost town label, Fordlandia Malaise blends together archive imagery, drone footage, tales and narratives, myths and songs.