Lotus Films 2009


Episode 18: St. Francis Xavier

Duration:29 min 17”

In this episode we talked about St. Francis Xavier and the harmony that exists in Goa, between different religions.

Episode 19: IFFI

Duration: 28 min 14”

In this episode we gave an insight about Portuguese cinema and the importance of IFFI (International Film Festival in India) in Goa. 

Episode 20: Tiatr

Duration: 30 min 22”

In this episode we talked about tiatr in Goa. It’s origin and it’s importance in Goa today.

Some of our interviewees were: Tomazinho Cardozo, Pundalik Naik, Govind Raikar, Dr. Rafael Fernandes and Dr. Pandurang Phaldesai.  

Episode 21: Comunidade system

Duration: 29 min 39”

In this episode we talked about the Comunidade system which have survived for centuries and struggles to survive in Goa today.

Episode 22: Rivers

Duration: 27 min 30”

Rivers are the veins of Goan economy. Not only fishing and agriculture depends on these waters but also mining and tourism.

Episode 23: Cashew

Duration: 27 min

Cashew tree was brought from the Portuguese to Goa in the 16th Century to avoid soil erosion. Today not only its nut but also its fruit, gave rise to important industries not only in this state but also in the whole of India.

Episode 24: Hinduism

Duration: 30 min 15”

What is Hinduism? A religion or a way of life?

Through festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Shigmo and Holi we tried to define Hinduism.

Episode 25: Forts

Duration: 28 min

This episode will take you to a journey into the past, to the time when Goa used to be filled with forts. Why were they built? By whom? Do they still exist?

Episode 26: Abbe Faria

Duration: 27 min 37”

Who is the famous prisoner of Chateau d’If in Alexander Dumas novel, the priest who reveals the secret of a fabulous treasure?

Episode 27: Liberation I

Duration: 31 min 22”

From 1946 to 1961, some Goans fought for the independence of their motherland. There were peaceful movements, the famous "Satyagrahas", and revolutionary groups like Azad Gomantak Dal. Leading the Portuguese government, Salazar was not willing to decolonize, following the example of other western countries; for him to leave the colonies was out of the question. Portuguese authorities in Goa, namely the famous policeman Agente Casimiro Monteiro, were acting in such a violent way that instead of silencing the revolutionaries, were turning international public opinion against Portugal. Contacto Goa interviewed some of the freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of Goa, and revisited the 15 years of struggle which lasted until 18th December 1961, the day Indian army entered Goa.
Interviewees: Prabhakar Sinari, Líbia Lobo Sardesai, Prajal Sakhardande, Sigmund de Souza

Episode 28: Liberation II

Duration: 30 min

On 17th December 1961, Indian army had green light to enter Goan Portuguese territory.What happened on the next 32 hours and how Goa was liberated and became an Indian state is what was addressed on this episode of Contacto Goa. How did the Portuguese defend their colony with 2500 soldiers against an army of 65 thousand Indians? What was the role of Vassalo e Silva – at the time the Governor of Goa? What happened in the mouth of Mandovi river where the battle ends?

Episode 29: Old Goa I

Duration: 30 min 21”

When we visit Paris, London or Lisbon, immediately we associate the same with an icon: Eiffel Tower, Big Ben or Belem Tower.
In Goa the situation is different. For example: Old Goa. What represents this place? Is it the Se Cathedral? St. Francis Xavier? The sunset in Mount chapel?

Episode 30: Old Goa II

Duration: 27 min 37”

What was Old Goa before the Portuguese arrived in 1510? 

Was it a dead city or already a bustling city? Who were the leaders?

Episode 31: Angelo da Fonseca

Duration: 28 min 25”

Angelo da Fonseca was born in 1902, when Goa was still a Portuguese territory.
In a western and catholic atmosphere, Angelo da Fonseca dares to “indianize” Christian Art.
Who was this painter who gave a new meaning to art in Goa?

Episode 32: Sao. Joao

Duration: 29 min 48”

While in Portugal, the popular saints (St. Antonio, S. Joao and S. Pedro)  are celebrated eating sardines and drinking “sangria”, in Goa, the same feasts are celebrated in a more peculiar way.

Episode 33: Syncretism

Duration: 30 min 2”

Religious syncretism is something very common in Goa. Why is it so?

Episode 34: Caste system

Duration: 28 min 23”

The caste system in Goa exists till today but will it survive in future?

Episode 35: Ganesh Chaturthi

Duration: 27 min 46”

Ganesh – the God of prosperity has many stories to tell us.
We talked about some of them.

Episode 36: Francisco Luis Gomes

Duration: 28 min 34”

Francisco Luis Gomes, the “Prince of Intellectuals” arrived in Lisbon in 1860. In less than 10 years he will etch his name on the minds of the enlightened people of Europe. His writings have left a mark so deep that they hold truth in the world even today. This eulogistic documentary waxes eloquent of this great Goan luminary.

Episode 37: Navratri

Duration: 28 min 07”

The Indian woman plays a very important role in society. Even the Gods needed the help of the Goddess Durga and her lion to starve of the demons that plagued heaven.

Episode 38: Mhamai Kamat family

Duration: 27 min 36”

The Mhamai Kamat family play a very important role during Portuguese Era. Today it is forgotten in the midst of Panjim.

Episode 39: Calizz

Duration: 28 min 16”

In the midst of Calangute and Candolim confusion – two main touristy spots in Goa – we found a place with an incredible peace: Calizz. Goa hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately it no longer exists.

Episode 40: Music

Duration: 31 min 15”

Music is the spirit of a Goan’s soul. Every Goan family has someone who is musically gifted and can sing, play or compose music. But do we know the styles that make our heart strings strum?

Episode 41: Panjim city

Duration: 28 min 12”

Panjim! A city filled with charm and quaint nostalgia with many areas still having a picturesque traditional existence. Yet, it isn’t difficult to get involved with the hustle and bustle of the traffic that winds it’s way amongst the shops. People threading their way through this all, seem to connect the various areas of the city that exist either in the past or the present. We try to discover the invisible threads that weave the fabric of the ‘sossegado’ life in Panjim.

Episode 42: Transports

Duration: 28 min 30”

To travel by car or taxi is always easy, but when we really want to move around and see the city there is no better way than to use the public transports. Our venture through Goa and its transports.


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