In response to the news at the top of 2020 calling out racial bias in Brazil’s film industry and executives from Brazil’s production industry commenting that there are no “Ava DuVernays” in that country, ARRAY hosted an Instagram Live conversation with seven of Brazil’s most dynamic Afro-Brazilian filmmakers.
#ARRAYVoices Afro-Brazilian Filmmakers
Director/writer Carol Rodrigues has served as a staff writer on seasons 1 and 2 of “3%” (Netflix Brazil), the second season of “Joint Venture” (HBO Latin America) and on other developing series projects. Her directorial work include short films “Their Happiness”, “Mothers Don’t Cry”, and “Dolls and Silence” which have been screened across films festivals worldwide.
Day Rodrigues is a director, writer and researcher. As a cinematographer, she received the 2019 MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award (Cannes / France). Her recent project, “Mulheres Negras: Projetos de Mundo” explores the issue of representation through conversations filmed with numerous black Brazilian women.
A self-described “documentalist”, Everyone mixes philosophical concepts with social issues of the black diaspora in her work. She is the founder of La Hermandad Filmes, a creative group of authors and film producers, and she is also a member of the Association of Black Film Professionals (A.P.A.N), an entity that represents Afro-descendant filmmakers.
One of the founders of Minas Gerais based production company, Filmes de Plástico, Gabriel Martins also has been writing for the electronic magazine Filmes Polvo since 2007. His most recent short film co-directed with Maurílio Martins, “No Coração do Mundo” (Heart of the World) premiered at the 2019 International Film Festival of Rotterdam.
Jessica Queiroz works between advertising and film. She believes that cinema is a tool for social transformation, making her films represent this vision from within the periphery. She has directed the documentary short “Vidas de Carolina”, about 1950’s black writer and favela resident Carolina Maria de Jesus, fiction short “Número e Série” commenting on education, and “Peripatético” that won the prize for best script and the special jury prize at the 2017 Brasília Festival.
Joyce Prado develops projects in the areas of documentary, fiction, and advertising cinema. Currently, she is the Administrative Director of the Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals (APAN) and founding partner of Oxalá Produções. Her directorial work includes the first season of web series “Empoderadas”, as well as the short films “Fábula de Vó Ita” and “Okán Mimó: Olhares e Palavras de Afeto”.
Juliana Vicente is a producer, director and founder of Preta Portê Filmes, a company based in São Paulo with the objective of developing audiovisual projects that combine art and communication for a diversified market. Juliana has directed several short films and is the producer of “Anna K.”, Preta Portê’s first feature film, directed by the famous artist José Roberto Aguilar. Her current project, Afronta!, is a documentary series spotlighting young, contemporary Brazilian black artists.
Director and screenwriter, Renata formally worked as an audiovisual director at Cia os Crespos where she directed and produced the scenarios for various shows. She is one of the writers of the award-winning series “Pedro & Bianca”, winner of the Emmy International Kids Awards 2013, as well as the creator of the “Empoderadas” and Blábláobá projects, a documentary web series and a web program aimed at valuing black women.
Sabrina Fidalgo is a multiple award-winning director and screenwriter from Rio de Janeiro. She was named number 8 out of 36 international filmmakers on BUSTLE’s list of the most promising filmmakers around the world. Her films have been showcased at more than 300 festivals worldwide. Her medium length film “Rainha” (2016) won more than 20 awards and was selected for IFFR (Rotterdam International Film Festival). Her last short “Alfazema” (2019) was doubly awarded at the “Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro”. A fluent speaker of Portuguese, Spanish, English and German, Sabrina has studied in Munchen, Germany and Cordoba, Spain.
Bahiana filmmaker and former photography student, Safira Moreira’s previous director of photography work includes features ”Hixikanwe – Estamos juntas” (Débora Brito) and “A Matéria Noturna” (Bernard Lessa). She also directed “Travessia” which was the opening short film of the Rotterdam Festival 2019. Currently she is developing the documentary series “Iyas Idanas” – Women of the Kitchen, focusing on the role of black women in cooking.
Activist, lawyer and filmmaker, Viviane Ferreira became the second black Brazilian woman to direct a feature film with her “Um dia com Jerusa”, which stars one of the country’s most important Afro-Brazilian actresses, Léa Garcia. She is a founding partner of Odun Formação e Produção as well as artistic director of the annual Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbul- Brasil, África e Caribe, a film festival presenting works of black filmmakers around the world. Jerusa was originally released as a short film, later developed into a feature-length movie.