Project Author: Jorge Murteira | ROBINSON FOUNDATION
Running time full version: 1:03:42
Production year*" 2012
Executive producer(s): MAGGOO AUDIOVISUAIS
Director(s): Jorge Murteira
Cameraman/woman: Jorge Murteira
Editor(s): Jorge Murteira
Author of the script: Jorge Murteira
Audio Pos-Production: Francisco Leal
Color Correction: António Ferreira | A PRODUTORA
Translation: João Domingos
Dialog transcription: Cláudia Freire
Promotion: Stefania Sorrentino
Institutional Support: CESO CI Portugal
Documentary promoted by the Robinson Foundation
The idea never wavers
This documentary was made in Portalegre and in the North Alentejo, but its limits extend beyond this limits, Region or even Portugal. It is based on men and women who posses practical experience and specialised knowledge which they suddenly no longer utilised, as they lost any secure perspective in terms of what the future held for them. In short, it shows us the end of an Industrial Era.
An essential concern of the documentary was to provide a voice for these men and women who, in many cases, had been factory hands for a significant part of their active lives. They stopped working for various reasons, including retirement or having to leave the factory as a result of its bankruptcy and closure. Practically all of these ex-workers share a deep sense of belonging and self-identification with the factory. It is as if they still even today feel as members of this collective group.
The Robinson Foundation suggested that I included a significant number of former workers, men, and women, from various generations, with various experiences at distinct periods of the factory´s activity.
"The idea never wavers" shows us that all these men and women need to have hope and to believe. Even if at a certain moment there are indications that the opposite to what one would wish is happening, they can never weaken and accept the fatality of unemployment, of a dependent life and the breaking of the ties that bind each other. Lowering one´s arms, giving up, leads to renunciation and a death foretold.