Celebrate the Carnation Revolution with the film Capitães de Abril, by Maria de Medeiros

The film will be available for public viewing for 24 hours from 24 April 2021 at 12pm [midnight] through 25 April 2021

Capitaes de Abril

Dear Friends,

Due to the protracted colonial wars, and as a result of several new unpopular Portuguese military laws which demoralized the Portuguese Officer's Corps, the Movement of the Armed Forces (MFA) was formed in the early 1970s. Its goal was to overthrow the Portuguese government. Within the MFA, there was the Movement of the Captains. These men initiated clandestine meetings in continental Portugal with the aim of staging a coup d'état. Their signal was the airing of the banned song by José Afonso, Grândola, Vila Morena.

The feature film Capitães de Abril which was recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, recreates the anxious moments that took place from the 24th to the 25th of April of 1974.

Please enjoy the film as we recognize a day that not only changed the historic course of Portugal but also the course of her vast colonial holdings.

The film will be available for public viewing for 24 hours from 24 April 2021 at 12pm [midnight] through 25 April 2021.

Link: vimeo.com/534122128
Password: UMASS

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Capitaes de Abril is a tour-de-force for actor/director Maria de Medeiros (actress from Pulp Fiction), who both stars in and directs this historical drama. In Portugal, on the night of April 24, 1974 and into the early morning hours of the 25th, a Portuguese radio station aired a banned song: "Grandola". It could have just been an act of insubordination by a rebellious journalist, but in fact it was much more than that. It was a pre-planned signal, triggering a military coup that was to change the face of the country, as well as the destiny of vast territories in Africa.

Stefano Accorsi (Maia)
Maria de Medeiros (Antonia)
Joaquim de Almeida (Gervasio)
Frederic Pierrot (Manuel)
Fele Martinez

Antonio Victoriano d'Almeida

Michel Abramowicz

Maria de Medeiros
Eve Deboise

Viva a Democracia! Viva Portugal!

Viewer discretion is advised (nudity and violence) in the first 3 minutes of the film. 


Departments Center for Portuguese Studies, Departments Portuguese, Departments : Directory Portuguese Dept, Events