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Cláudia Varejão  |  November 2016


Cláudia Varejão was born in Porto, Portugal and studied film in the Artistic Creativity and Creation Program offered by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, alongside the German Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin, and in São Paulo’s International Film Academy. She also studied photography at AR.CO, in Lisbon. She directed the documentary short film Wanting and the fictional short film trilogy Weekend, Cold Day, and Morning Light. In the Darkness of the Theater I Take off My Shoes is her first feature film. Her most recent film, Ama-San 海女さん, is set to premiere in 2016. Besides working as a director, she has carved a path in photography.


Claúdia Varejão, during her art residency at Pico do Refúgio, developed a photography project about the island of São Miguel and its community. During the month of November, the author began a new work on the physiognomy of affections. This photography project will give place to a film in the future (Amor Fati)


AMA-SAN from Cláudia Varejão (2016) 112′

Ingreme/Doclisboa 2016 Award for Best Documentary in the Portuguese Competition.



At Wagu, a small fishing village on the Ise Peninsula (Japan), three women dive daily not knowing what they’ll find. Their delicate bodies on land give way to huntresses at sea. Dives like these have been carried out for over 2000 years by the Ama-San.


12th November 2016: Ama-San at Cineteatro Miramar in Rabo de Peixe Village

19th November 2016: Ama-San at 9500 CineClube in Ponta Delgada

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