She felt the fire burning from a young age. Suzanne Daveau (1925, France) knew early on she was destined for adventures in nature. At the end of World War II, when Daveau was about to graduate in geography, she set off into the big wide world searching for suitable subjects for scientific study. Her hunger for knowledge took her to countries such as Africa and Portugal, where she spent many happy years with her Portuguese colleague Orlando Ribeiro, about whom she speaks with unadulterated love and respect.

This documentary portrait covers all the themes of Daveau’s rich life: from her field research and private life to feminism and the influence of the modern age on family relationships and science. Her passionate life is examined in detail in an inexhaustible series of stunning archival photos and home videos recorded by Daveau, and in voice-over she speaks openly, extensively and full of wonder about life and the world around her.

Filmmaker
Luísa Homem
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Portugal
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
115’
Language
Portuguese, French
Producer
João Matos
Production Company
Terratreme Filmes
Sales
Terratreme Filmes
Writer
Luísa Homem
Cinematography
Luísa Homem
Editor
Luísa Homem, Luís Miguel Correia
Sound Design
Paulo Abelho, Avelino Santollala