Portuguese American Journal

Film: Heaven’s Mirror: A Portuguese Voyage – World premiere

The world premiere of Heaven’s Mirror: A Portuguese Voyage will take place at the Santa Rosa International Film Festival in Kenwood, California, on September 17th , and in Santa Rosa, California, on September 18th.

It took six years for Joshua Dylan Mellars to direct and produce this Portuguese themed documentary, a film aspiring to capturing the idiosyncrasies of the Portuguese soul as expressed in Fado music.

Mellars, a native of San Francisco (CA), discovered Fado by spending time with Portuguese immigrants in Providence, Rhode Island, when he was a student at Brown University. He later learned about the tradition by visiting Fado houses in the narrow cobbled streets of Lisbon.

For the most part, the documentary was filmed in Old Lisbon where Mellars brought virtuoso guitar players together with prominent Fado singers, including Joana Amendoeira, Mafalda Arnauth, Camané, Carlos do Carmo, Jorge Fernando, Katia Guerreiro, Ana Moura, Helder Moutinho, Celeste Rodrigues, and Tereza Tarouca.

Yet, it was back in the United States that the documentary captured the true meaning of “saudade” in Fado sang away from home in a Portuguese immigrant community.

Santa Rosa International Film Festival is a 25th Anniversary Wine Country Film Festival Event. Abuela Luna Pictures will distribute the film in the United States.

To buy advance tickets to the event call (707) 935-3456 or to book online go to www.sriff.org

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