The documentary shot in Coimbra on the reception of refugees is premiered in Lisbon

The documentary shot in Coimbra on the reception of refugees is premiered in Lisbon

A documentary on the reception and integration of refugees, shot in Coimbra and co-produced by the University (UC) and the Propella cooperative, will be premiered on Friday, in Lisbon, at the Festival Política.

Directed by Pedro Cruz and João Doce, and titled “My heart is there, my body is here” [O meu coração está lá, o meu corpo está aqui]the film tells the “hard” story of a group of people with refugee status.

“Their bodies are here, in Portugal, but their hearts are still there, in the land they were forced to abandon”, reads the description of the documentary, made following the TEACHmi project of the Citizenship and Social Intervention Observatory (OCIS ) of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra (FPCEUC).

“At the center are the stories – past, present and future – of people with refugee status, which are often not known to the rest of society. The protagonists of the documentary were involved in the European project TEACHmi, which was developed by a consortium integrated by FPCEUC and which aimed to provide effective tools, teaching materials and guidelines to facilitate the integration of students with a migrant background in schools, making the school’s more inclusive environment “.

“The film lives above all on the extreme generosity of these people, who have agreed to tell their own stories, thus giving three-dimensionality and voice to a theme that has never disappeared, but goes through media waves, as we are still witnessing in 2022. [face à guerra na Ucrânia]in turn supported João Doce, musician and social worker, and director and psychologist Pedro Cruz, authors of the documentary.

Both founded the Propella Cooperative, which co-produced the film with the University of Coimbra. The TEACHmi project was conceived, at European level, within the Erasmus + program, on the basis of recommendations that underline the need to implement school inclusion measures for young migrants and refugees.

In this context, “education is seen as a tool for social integration,” said Clara Cruz Santos, coordinator of the Portuguese team of TEACHmi, which also includes researchers Ana Cristina Almeida, Ana Paula Couceiro, Helena Reis Amaro da Luz and Vanessa Nunes.

The FPCUC professor and OCIS researcher added that the documentary features “faces and voices that are not normally seen or heard in social and scientific intervention”.

“They humanize numbers and theoretical concepts in real young people who are right here, by our side, in Coimbra. The humanization of science is fundamental and the use of the documentary has an unmistakable force ”, underlined Clara Cruz Santos.

“My heart is there, my body is here” will premiere on Friday at 6:30 pm, in room 3 of the São Jorge cinema, in Lisbon, as part of the festival of politics, which is competing for the public and the cinema awards of the year. .

After this screening, the film will be made available “for free” on and, starting from Tuesday.