Carolina Machado Oliveira

Dr Carolina Machado Oliveira

  • cmachadooliveira at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Factual
  • WH
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I am a Senior Lecturer in Factual, devoted to helping students develop their own voice as a form of agency while placing emphasis on the ability to articulate thought through film and media making. As a practice-based researcher, my core research interest is on documentary filmmaking, transnationality, auto-ethnography, and the complexities of on-screen self-representation. I use a critical-cultural approach to examining the role of identity, voice, and agency in first-person narratives. Moreover, my work also revolves around working with Indigenous communities (Shibipo -Peru/ Paiter Surui and Uru-eu-wau-wau in Brazil) through participatory methods, focusing on cultural preservation, identity, and memory, as a consequence, addressing issues of climate justice, displacement, and community resilience.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I am also an experienced filmmaker with over 14 years of experience working across Latin America, the UK, and Europe. My diverse background includes work with a wide range of clients and sectors, spanning film distribution and exhibition having worked for UK distributor Dogwoof; as well as producing and directing for high-profile clients such as Spotify UK, Uber, Red Bull Media House as well as charities such as Amazon Watch and Survival International...


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Climate action

"Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Journal Articles


  • Machado Oliveira, C., 2024. Indigenous Cinema in Latin America: Exploring Indigenous Voices, Co-Creation and Cultural Revitalisation in Brazil. In: Rethinking Latin America - New Journeys Across Film & Literature 26-27 April 2024 Warwick University.

Internet Publications


  • Machado Oliveira, C., 2020. Brazil in progress : Talking about my generation. Using First Person documentary to analyse Brazilian large-scale social movements. PhD Thesis. University of Sussex.



  • Machado Oliveira, C., 2023. 'Is a film degree worth it?’ Critically exploring the currency of creative degrees: a case in film studies. In: Fusion Learning Conference 2023.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Storytelling
  • Approaches to Industry

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Digital Film - Unit Leader, 21/22 - Present
  • Film Language 1 - Unit Leader 22/23 - Present
  • Media Perspectives - Trasnational Cinema, Strand Leader, 21/22- Present
  • Ideas, Development and Research
  • Understanding Distribution - Unit Leader 21/22 - Present
  • Career Pathways
  • Production Portfolio 1 - Documentary Practice
  • Production Portfolio 2 - Realising Formats
  • Graduate Project (Media Production)

Invited Lectures

  • 07 Jul 2023 more
  • Visual Storytelling, UDLA, 06 Jul 2023 more

External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Screenworks, Anonymous peer review, 11 Dec 2023
  • Dandelion Journal, Open peer review, 03 Oct 2022

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Digital Narratives of the Amazon Programme (03 Jul 2023-31 Jul 2023)
  • Developing Engaging Stories in Documentary Filmmaking at IDA ( International Documentary Association)
  • Reimagining Film Distribution Webinar @ Show & Tell
  • Whose Story is it anyway? The ethics of exploiting subjects/contributors
  • Novella Film Festival - Jury and panel member

Conference Presentations

  • Brazil Forum UK, 17 Jun 2023, Oxford University
  • Demoracy and Participation in Latin America, Brazil in Progress: Talking About my Generation, 11 May 2020, University of Sussex

Consultancy Activities

  • Documentary Distribution consultant, Film Distribution - The Territory (2022). Dcmist


  • PGCert in Post Graduate Certificate in Education Practice (Bournemouth university, 2023)
  • PhD in Creative and Critical Practive (University of Sussex, 2020)
  • MA in Digital Documentary (University of Sussex, 2012)
  • BA (Hons) in Media Studies (University of Brighton, 2011)


  • Commendation Award - PGCert (Bournemouth University, 2023)
  • Fellow (The Higher Education Academy, 2023)


  • BAFTA, Member (2023-),
  • MeCCSA, Member (2021-),
  • Nahemi, Member (2021-),
  • International Documentary Association, Member,


  • Co-Convener of BU's Women's Academic Network.