ALEXANDRINA - A LIGHTNING BOLT
DIR: Keila Sankofa . 11 min . AM/Brazil . 2022
Alexandrina - A Lightning Bolt turns the cinema of invention into a fertile field of contestation, which dares to tear up the records of the perverse and lying past, where Alexandrina, a black woman from the Amazon, who had previously been reduced to an object of study, emptied of her vast repertoire of knowledge and then thrown into the limbo of supposed oblivion; now is the present!
FORBIDDEN BY GOD
DIR: Marçal Vianna . 20 min . RJ/Brazil . 2022
Years ago, Miguel stopped performing as Mika Sapequinha: he cut his hair, abandoned his skirts and created a new version of himself. A member of the Evangelical Church, he now faces a turbulent journey of self-knowledge.
DIR: Laís Santos Araújo . 24 min . AL/Brazil . 2022
Joana wants her first period. Dudu wants his father. Verbena, who nobody invited, hides what she wants.
QUAL É A GRANDEZA
DIR: Marcus Curvelo . 12 min . BA/Brazil . 2022
Isaías goes to Ilha de Maré to donate all his films.
XAR - OBSIDIAN DREAM
DIR: Edgar Rolando Calel Apén, Fernando Pereira dos Santos . 13 min . SP/Brazil . 2022
Awakening from an ancestral dream, the young Maya Edgar Calel performs an artistic ritual at the São Paulo Biennial. Between aspirations and memories, his spiritual journey will lead him to be incorporated into his power animal.
DIR: Victor Uchôa . 16 min . BA/Brazil . 2022
In the city of Salvador, the so-called noble art starts to look like people struggle and crosses the borders of sport. More than fighting for medals, boxing is resistance
DIR: Clara Anastácia, Gabriela Gaia Meirelles . 16 min . RJ/Brazil . 2022
A political mockumentary that never talks about politics. The film follows Rose, a "professional dog walker" who has recently occupied a vacant house which now she calls home: the realization of a dream. While claiming to take care of the property until the return of the landlady, the new "tenant" creates intimacy with the house and develops a fascination for the absent woman.
DIR: Gianluca Cozza, Leonardo da Rosa . 19 min . RS/Brazil . 2021
Men risk their lives breaking into moving freight trains to get leftover grains to sell. Nightwalker translates into film these nights of endless work in which bodies disappear, swallowed up by the striking industrial landscapes of the Rio Grande port, and ensnared by the Brazilian economic crisis.
DIR: Bruno Ribeiro . 25 min . RJ/Brazil . 2022
Gabriela is a young pianist who is about to perform at her first major recital. However, a dream about her dead mother destabilizes Gabriela's mind and heart, putting her perfomance at risk. After a series of strange encounters over the course of a day, Gabriela will go on a journey of reconciliation with her memories and her mother.
DIR: Márcio Picoli, Victor Di Marco . 19 min . SP/Brazil . 2022
In one night, three queer people remember the pains and delights of being who they are.
DIR: Pê Moreira . 14 min . RJ/Brazil . 2022
Ave Maria is a film about making kin and family. With a young trans black woman as the protagonist, the short film registers the shaping of relationships through time, death and change. After losing her father to a sudden death, Maria spends a year away from her family. This Christmas Eve, she returns home. The re-encounter with the house, her mother, siblings and grandmother reactivates memories and opens space for relationships to be reimagined and affections to be exchanged.
DIR: Ricardo Alves Jr . 19 min . MG/Brazil . 2022
On a remote beach on the Brazilian coast, grandmother and granddaughter meet the extraordinary things that inhabit the high seas.
DIR: Carlos Segundo . 14 min . MG, RN/Brazil . 2022
Uberlandia, Brazil. Chico earns his living fixing ovens, in which he fits easily into thanks to his small size. Disregarded and marginalized by a society that hates him, Chico begins to resist.
DIR: Letícia Batista, Vitória Liz . 20 min . PE/Brazil . 2022
Riva returns to Brazil and finds herself lonelier than ever. Flavia has no time to feel alone. Their lives and dreams come together in football fields.
DIR: Aline Fernandes, Nathalia Freitas, Talita Araujo, Terená Kanouté . 7 min . SP/Brazil . 2022
Through poetry, dance and music, a group of Brazilian black women connects with their heritage and seeks to heal the history that brought them here.
DIR: Joana Claude, Renan Barbosa Brandão . 17 min . RJ/Brazil . 2022
The night feels strange, with a foretaste of change. The next morning, Mary receives a mysterious visit that disturb Joseph. She decides to resignify her own destiny, giving a new perspective to the classic biblical narrative. Freely inspired by an excerpt from "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" by José Saramago.
DIR: Leonardo Martinelli . 20 min . RJ/Brazil . 2022
A delivery man dreams of having a motorcycle. He was told that everything would be like a musical film.
DIR: Rogério Borges . 21 min . SP/Brazil . 2022
As the country goes through genocide, Ladson, a blind boy who hasn't left his house for a long time, uses his cell phone to get a date.
PROMISE OF A WILD LOVE
DIR: Davi Mello . 23 min . SP/Brazil . 2022
After crashing a party, a young man discovers that this will be the last night of his life.
DIR: Eduardo Ades . 22 min . RJ/Brazil . 2022
Sara, a woman passionate about theater, begins to experience episodes of mental confusion. In this difficult phase of her life, she draws on memories of the plays she has seen.