Entre Ilhas

Between Islands

Documentary / DCP / 76 min. / PT - EN / 2022


Between Islands is both historical and fictional, a "travel journal" along the nine islands of Azores. Azoreans remember ships and shipwrecks, captains, thunderstorms, love stories and unforgettable journeys travelling on the Atlantic, either to the closest island or crossing the ocean for days to arrive in Lisbon, where they could study or get medical treatment.
On board cruiser ship "Express Santorini" the filmmaker follows the old routes, the records of a recent past, and delves into the collective memory of an older generation. Through her intimate lens, the film searches for traces of this "other world" to be revisited and recreated, weaving past and present. In a time when the sea was a social space full of meanings, these old cruises were called by these people "the tenth island", a place where they shared a community experience.



Between Islands travels through the Azores in search of memories from another era, when there was only the sailors, the people and the sea.  


Amaya Sumpsi

Amaya Sumpsi has been one of the programmers of FACA - Festa de Antropologia, Cinema e Arte de Lisboa since 2013 and also one of the coordinators in the Visual Anthropology and Arts Laboratory (NAVA-CRIA) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa since 2017. Her first documentary “Meu pescador, meu velho” premiered at RAI Film Festival in Edinburgh (2013) and was selected for several international ethnographic festivals. In Portugal, she won the Camacho Costa Award for best portuguese-spoken documentary at the festival Cine Eco-Seia (2013).

In 2018, together with 5 visual anthropologists, she directed “Um Ramadão em Lisboa”, a collaborative documentary that premiered at IndieLisboa Film Festival (2019).

After finishing her Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology, she’s currently developing her PhD thesis and her new documentary “Entre Ilhas” at FCSH-UNL, mentored by João Leal and Catarina Alves Costa.

Director: Amaya Sumpsi

Original Language: Portuguese / English  / Greek

Production & Distribution: Cedro Plátano (Portugal)

Institutional Funding: ICA (Portugal), RTP, Governo dos Açores - DRC ( Azores - Portugal), Atlanticoline, CRIA

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