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Inês Pedrosa e Melo

Inês Pedrosa e Melo

Documentary Film and Video
BA in Communication Sciences, Major in Film & Television Studies - College of Social and Human Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon, 2015
Graduate Studies in Anthropology, Specialization in Visual Cultures - College of Social and Human Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon, 2016


Inês is an aspiring documentary filmmaker and photographer from Lisbon, Portugal. With a background in communication and media sciences and a major in film and television studies, she has been drawn to visual anthropology and documentary film as a way to (attempt to) understand the human complexity and turn it into visual statements. She hopes to seek and give voice to discourses that often fall between the cracks of history.

Fascinated by marginal cultural practices, her work has mainly consisted of a series of brief reflections on resistance and counterculture symbols and institutions in pre and post-fascist Portugal - Nós que Prá-kys-tamos(2014) and If these walls could talk(2015) -, as well as on public and private reconstructions of memory. Some of her research and work interests are contemporary history and historiography, visual anthropology, archival studies, memory and nostalgia - her graduate project in Lisbon, a product of the convergence of these interests, is a reflection on home movies and filmic practices, personal archives and memory.

Inês was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2017 and 2018 and a Calouste Gulbenkian grant in 2018. She is currently pursuing the MFA in Documentary Film and Video Production at Stanford University.


Fulbright Scholarship, 2017 and 2018
Calouste Gulbenkian Grant, 2018
Telluride Student Symposium, 2018


HD video
June, 2019
Video Duration: 12:25 min.


An exploration of the trials and tribulations of becoming a professional dancer.


HD video
June, 2018
Video Duration: 7:29 min.


A wig shop becomes a safe haven for women's concerns on beauty and identity.


HD video
Co-directed by Dinesh Das Sabu
March, 2018
Video Duration: 8:22 min.


In the middle of the Mojave Desert, runners complete laps over the course of 30 hours in a race of 100 miles.

Notes on living

16mm Black & White Film
December, 2017
Video Duration: 4:37 min.


In the town of the dead, life goes on.



June 15, 2019
Cubberley Auditorium
June 14, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
March 20, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
December 12, 2017

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium


February 20, 2018 to March 2, 2018
McMurtry Building; Gunn Foyer and Miller Discussion Space