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3 Horas para Amar / 3 Hours to Love

A film by Patrícia Nogueira

Portugal, Social Issue Documentary, 2013
54 min, Digital, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

Director Patrícia Nogueira and assistant director Filipa Cardosa in attendance

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


Four inmates. Two are allowed Conjugal Visits. Another cancels them. The fourth requests to join the program. In prison, routines are repetitive. Time is marked between daily activities and regular confessions, in which they talk about their lives “out there” and on the inside. Their husbands, companions, mothers, and daughters are links to the world beyond the gates. Their life stories are ones of suffering but also of love and intimacy. Once every month, for three hours, the inmates that have been accepted into the Conjugal Visits Program are able to escape prison and feel like women again. 3 HORAS PARA AMAR has been awarded the 2013 PrimeirOlhar, a prize given to films produced by film schools, before appearing at DocLisboa.

International Premiere

About the director

Patricia NogueiraPatrícia Nogueira has always kept one foot in Journalism and the other in cinema. Born in Oporto, she has an MA in Documentary Film from ESMAE and is currently working on her PhD in Digital Media at the University of Porto and the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked on both shorts and feature films.


Producer: Patrícia Nogueira
Production Companies: DAI, ESMAE
Screenwriter: Patrícia Nogueira
Cinematographer: Jorge Lopes
Editor: Patrícia Nogueira
Sound Design: Telmo D. Moreira, Pedro Jorge
Music: Bruno Ferreira
Cast: Maria José Mendes, Patrícia Machado, Elisabete Resende

Print Source: Patrícia Nogueira,



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