Letters to a Dictator

Letters to a Dictator (2006)
Long métrage Documentaire - 60' - En distribution

Directed by Ines de Medeiros

Letters to a dictator is a creative documentary about thousands of women who used to firmly support a totalitarian regime and who still defend it on may occasions.
They grew up thinking that their dictator had served a good purpose. So what have Portuguese women of subsequent generations passed on to their children?
Inês de Medeiros, a young Portuguese film maker, takes a close look at her home country and wants to find out to what degree Portugal was able to change during the second half of the twentieth century. De Medeiros starts by using a collection of letters, which are filled with confessions of faith towards Salazar; he is being honored much in the same way a religious leader would be adored.
Inês gives anonymous women a voice, voices that we would not hear about. This documentary lets the audience discover the women’s personal point of view, while looking at history in a different way. In viewing this film, we may better understand the current quandary of a country that is still lagging behind compared to the rest of the European Union. In order of doing so, we must look at the values that are passed on from generation to generation.


Directed by Ines de Medeiros
French voice Eve Duchemin
French voice Aurore Fattier
French voice Marie-Dominique de la Pateliere
French voice Nathalie Hons
Violin Isabelle Decraene
Violoncello Anja Naucler
Piano Marie Baudot
Director of Photography João Robeiro
Editing Anouck Zidi
Color Correction Ronald Grauer
Sound Engineer Olivier Blanc
Sound Design Gilles Laurent
Sound Mix Manu de Boissieu
Music mix Michel Huon
Post-production supervisor Severin Andrieu-Delille
Produced by Jean-Christophe Zelis
Produced by Aurelien Bodinaux
Produced by Serge Trefaut
Production Neon Rouge

In collaboration with
Faux Edicaoe

Technical Details: 

Genre Documentary – Colors – 4/3
Language French
Subtitles English
Sound Stereo
Shot on DV Cam
Available on Beta Digit & DVD

Photos from the film:

FIPA - FIPA d'Argent (Biarritz 2007)
Doc Lisboa - Meilleur Documentaire (Lisbonne 2007)