Spotlight on Brazil

Spotlight on Brazil

This film series is a testament to an auspicious generation of filmmakers—formally daring and evocatively told, their works offer nuanced, intersectional accounts of gender, class, and race in contemporary Brazilian society.

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Spotlight on Brazil
  • August Winds

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    Gabriel Mascaro • 2014 • Brazil • A lush and haunting portrait of climate change in a fishing town.

    Shirley has recently moved from the city to a remote fishing village in northeastern Brazil, in order to tend to her elderly grandmother. Meanwhile, the waters rise. A researcher ar...

  • Aquarius

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    Kleber Mendonça Filho • 2016 • Brazil • Clara refuses to leave her home to make way for a high-rise.

    Clara lives in a low-rise apartment building close to the beach in Recife, a small city in northeast Brazil. Her well-established life is threatened by the arrival of ruthless prop...

  • Casa Grande

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    Fellipe Barbosa • 2015 • Brazil • A young man's coming-of-age through an entangled web of class.

    Refracting a young man's coming-of-age through an entangled web of class, race, and gender relations, Casa Grande paints a searing portrait of the hierarchies governing contemporary B...

  • Don't Call Me Son

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    Anna Muylaert • 2016 • Brazil • Pierre's world shifts when forced to live with his biological family

    A poetic, provocative portrait of a young man's fluidity, Don't Call Me Son offers a richly layered examination of family, class, and sexuality in contemporary Brazil.

    Living with...

  • Hard Labor

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    Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra • 2011 •Brazil • Helena has found the perfect spot for her new store.

    Blending neorealist class critique with elements of subdued horror, Hard Labor dissects both the material and supernatural implications of a middle-class couple slowly succumbing to ...

  • I Touched All Your Stuff

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    M. Bühler & M. Mariani • Brazil • 2014 • A riveting true crime story set in a a prison in São Paulo

    A prison in São Paulo, Brazil. Researching criminals for a documentary, two Brazilian directors happen upon Christopher Kirk, an unassuming American with a secret to tell. As they d...

  • Neon Bull

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    Gabriel Mascaro • 2015 • Brazil-Uruguay-Netherlands • A dreamlike journey into Brazil's vaquejada

    Evoking northeast Brazil’s rural traditions alongside dreams of its burgeoning fashion industry, and attuned to the commodification of bodies across species, Neon Bull deconstructs co...

  • Rânia

    Roberta Marques • Brazil • 2011 • An evocative portrait of female adolescence at the margins of society

    Rânia lives with her mother in the slums of Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil. Though she dreams of being a dancer, she has to work hard to survive—after school she juggles multiple jobs, incl...

  • The Moving Creatures

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    Caetano Gotardo • 2012 • Brazil • A lyrical omnibus portrait of maternal love and longing in Brazil.

    The Moving Creatures traces patterns of movement and absence, connection and withdrawal, that characterize the uncertain trajectory of a mother's love.

    It's the last day of Pedro'...