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Hélder Beja

Hélder Beja is a Portuguese writer, visual anthropologist and arts curator. As a reporter, he published in several media outlets in Portugal, including the national newspaper Público and the literary magazines LER and Os Meus Livros. He moved to Macau in 2010, where he worked as a journalist and editor-in-chief for different publications. In 2012, he co-founded The Script Road - Macau Literary Festival, acting as its Programme Director for seven editions, until 2018. He won a prize for Best Short Story in a Macau Daily Times competition in 2012, with the story "Slow Fire". His first documentary film, Once Upon a Time in Ka Ho, premiered the same year at the Macau International Film and Video Festival, and it was shown in Mainland China, Portugal and other European countries. Hélder is currently preparing his second film, as a result of his master degree in Visual Anthropology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa: a montage-film using footage of movies produced by Portuguese filmmakers in Macau since the 1920's. He keeps contributing for publications and websites such as Comunidade Arte e Cultura (Portugal), Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), Revista Sibila (Brazil), Revista Macau, Ponto Final and the website Extramuros (Macau), writing mostly about Asia-related topics. Hélder is also the co-coordinator of the Asia Pacific Writers & Translators annual conference. Alongside filmmaker Ivo M. Ferreira, he co-wrote a feature film and TV series titled Projecto Global, scheduled to be released internationally in 2024.

Member Since: 9/1/2016

Country: Macau, Portugal

Identity: Writer

Workplace: Literary Organisation

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