Born in Tomar, Portugal (1963) and grew up in Mozambique.
Studied Photography, Image and Audiovisual Communication at the António Arroio School of Arts, in Lisbon. Worked for several years in France and Portugal, as a photographer and assistant director. In 1995 she started directing her own films, exploring subjects which cross her personal history with prominent issues in recent Portuguese history, such as the colonial war in Africa, the revolution, and the post-colonialism years. The documentaries "Christmas 71″ and "Kuxa Kanema -The Birth of Cinema ", and the feature films "The Murmuring Coast" and "Yvone Kane" are amongst her best known films, and all relate to her experience in colonial and post-colonial Portuguese Africa.
Her films were screened in many festivals, such as Rotterdam, Venice, and Locarno where she was awarded with "Leopard de Demain" in 1999.
In 2005, Margarida Cardoso received the title of Commander of the Order of Prince Henry for her contribution towards spreading Portuguese culture.
- YVONE KANE feature film 117' | 2014
- PARTIR DO ZERO documentary 28′ | 2014
- ATLAS short fiction 10′ | 2013
- UNDER SCRUNITY documentary 90' | 2013
- LICÍNIO DE AZEVEDO, CHRONICLES FROM MOZAMBIQUE documentary 94' | 2011
- DE MONTROND`S LIFE CODE short fiction 10′ | 2008
- DO SOMETHING documentary 57' | 2007
- THE BATTLE OF ALJUBARROTA short fiction 30′ | 2007
- THE MURMURING COAST feature film 120' | 2004
- KUXA KANEMA, THE BIRTH OF CINEMA documentary 52' | 2003
- WITH NEARLY NOTHING co-direct with Carlos Barroco, documentary 63' | 2001
- CHRISTMAS 71 documentary 52' | 2000
- EARTH SEEN FROM THE CLOUDS documentary 58' | 1999
- AMONG US short fiction 20' | 1998
- TWO DRAGONS short Fiction 15' | 1996