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Author: Devika Girish

Down by the River—Leonor Teles

At the 2016 edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, 23-year-old Leonor Teles became the youngest ever recipient of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film. Her prize-winning effort “Batrachian’s Ballad,” an 11-minute concoction of memoir, protest, and gonzo documentary, attacked anti-aboriginal discrimination in Portugal with thrilling irreverence: Much of the short follows the half-Gypsy director as she goes around smashing the ceramic frogs that various Portuguese stores keep in their doorways to ward off Gypsies. With her first feature Terra Franca (2018), which just won the Scam International Award at the Cinéma du Réel festival in Paris, Teles...

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