Award Winning Filmmaker
Hello! I’m a Latin American Award Winning Filmmaker, an Actor and a Writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I started acting when I was just 2 years old in my hometown in Brazil. During my whole childhood and teenage years I studied Theater, worked in a Theater Company and worked on many TV ads. When I turned 19, I moved to Rio de Janeiro to start my undergrad in Theater.
After 10 years building a solid career in Rio as an actor in Theater, movies and TV shows, I moved to the US in 2015. With the immigration I’ve experienced a deep process of self transformation and I’ve started creating, writing and editing my own films.
Phoenix Through the Mirror
2022 (to be released)
For the second semester of 2022, I'll release my new remote and quarantined short documentary Phoenix Through the Mirror that's about two Latin American women immigrants, at different ages and situations in life, who have to let go of their hair. One due to a medical treatment and the other to complete a deep process of self transformation. It’s a film about self love, self care, womanhood, feminine social image and breast cancer.
2021 (to be released)
In 2021 I finished my first feature film that is a poetic experimental and independent documentary created from a material produced by a collective of artists in 2013 in Brazil. There are images from many different places in the film: Northeast, South and Southeast regions in Brazil and also from South Africa, Mozambique and United States. It’s a film where I explore a poetic vision through captured images that raises urgent questions on censorship, spiritual awareness, economic injustice and segregation through the legacy of the Brazilian poet and composer Torquato Neto, one of the creators of Tropicalia - the artistic and counterculture wave that emerged in the late 1960's during some of the harshest years of the military dictatorship. Burning Ballad shows that Torquato's His ideas, poetry and world view are more alive and urgent than ever, not only in Brazil, but also in the world now.
In 2020 after the pandemic started I made Caramujo, a totally remote and independent documentary short about natural birth, c-section surgery culture and obstetric violence in Brazil during COVID quarantine. While COVID-19 pandemic is making huge changes in our lives and perspectives, a Latin American quarantined pregnant woman needs to struggle against a whole system to have the birth that she wants to have. Caramujo received MERIT Award for Social Issues by “Docs Without Borders Film Festival 2021” in the US; was selected Finalist by “Create from Home Film Festival 2020”, Semi-Finalist by “Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020” and by “Jelly Film Festival 2021”, and Officially Selected by “New Faces New Voices Film Festival 2020”, “2020 Directors Circle Festivals of Shorts”, “Other Venice Film Festival 2021”- all of them in the US; "Demetera International Short Film Festival 2021" in Paris, France and "Kalakari Film Festival & Awards 2021" in India. The film was also Invited to be screened by “Flickers' Between Takes: A Cinema Fantasia 2020” a Special Event of Cinematic Works that Demonstrate the Resiliency and Tenacity of the Human Spirit.
Some of US
In 2016 I created Some of US, a documentary short made from a six hour interview with an Iranian immigrant. From the conception of “Some of US” I realized that there is a connection between immigrants, no matter where they come from. I see this connection as "an outsider looking in” at our original countries that results in a cultural exchange between our countries and the US and also as a cultural preservation of our former cultures. The documentary short is a poetic reflexion about immigration and freedom - how immigration relates to a deep dive inside ourselves and to a connection between cultures. "Some of US” was Officially Selected by "Aword Indie 50 min Film Festival," in Los Angeles, US; “FIC-ESMI Festival,” in Buenos Aires, Argentina; “The Americas Film Festival of New York” in New York, US; “FICP” in Patagonia, Argentina; "VII Visualizame” in Madrid, Spain; and “Her Story - Women’s History Month Film Salon” in Philadelphia, US; between 2016 and 2020.
In 2015 I made my very first short, Gigoia Island, a film about a philosophical discussion between two women. The film was Awarded by “Festival do Minuto”, a famous, long-standing 1 minute cinema festival in Brazil in 2016.