Production: Portugal 2011
Director: Sérgio Tréfaut
Screenplay: Sérgio Tréfaut
Cinematography: Edgar Moura
Film Editor: Sérgio Tréfaut, Gonçalo Soares, Pedro Marques, Mariana Gaivão
Sérgio Tréfaut, Gonçalo Soares, Pedro Marques, Mariana Gaivão
Running Time: 75 Mins
Language: Portuguese, Russian and French
Cast: Maria de Medeiros, Isabel Ruth, Makena Diop, Rebeca Close
Of all the passengers on her plane, Maria is the only one to be detained and interrogated by the Immigration Police. The situation turns into a nightmare when the Police officers realize that the man waiting for Maria at the airport is Senegalese. Illegal immigration? Human trafficking? Anyhing is possible. Journey to Portugal is based on a true story.
Sérgio Tréfaut was born in Brazil in 1965, from a Portuguese father and a French mother. After a Master in Philosophy at the Sorbonne (Paris), he started his career in Lisbon as a journalist and assistant director. Eventually he became producer and director. His documentaries were presented in more than 30 countries and received several international awards. His main titles are: Outro País (1999), Fleurette (2002), Lisboetas (2005), The City of the Dead (2009). Lisboetas was the first Portuguese documentary running in cinemas for more than three months. Journey to Portugal with Maria de Medeiros, Isabel Ruth and Makena Diop is his first feature fiction. For many years he directed Doclisboa International Film Festival and was the president of Apordoc (Portuguese Documentary Association).