A feature-length documentary on Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, award-winning artist and human-rights activist who has gained international recognition for her work with street children in Rio. The film recounts how a woman turned her back on a wealthy lifestyle, driven into action by the execution of 8 streetkids by military police in 1993. In subsequent years Yvonne's struggle to better the lives of endangered and abandoned children has led her to found "Projeto Uere" ("Children of Light") a radical project committed to protection and education of kids who live in the streets and slums of Rio which has brought her into conflict with Brazil's wealthy elite.Written by
It is always surprising when you see a director evolving to explore other topics. MT usually focuses on very particular kind of topics such as S/M and lesbian sexuality. In this universe, her name is not only the one of a director but a real brand name.
So when watching this film, I had questions in mind such as : - why a film about Rio kids from a director/ a woman who defines herself as non interested in kids, letting motherhood to others ? - will this documentary reveal a true talent from this director or will in opposite shows that this director is only known because she was beginning to be famous on a specific non-crowded segment at that time (ie : lesbo movies before Hollywood's interest in) ? - can she broaden her exploration universe ? - is she sincere in what she does or is it just opportunist?
This documentary gives a clear answer to all these questions.
It shows a real match between the Director & Bezerra de Mello and this friendship seems to be the starting point for this documentary adventure : a flash between 2 women. In this sense, this documentary is sincere. It reveals a sleeping talent for this director in social & politics film. It is a pity (I would say "schade" ; ) that MT does not let go definitely the L world to do films fitting more her academic background & personal interest by the way (after all, have you seen a lot of Director with a Ph D ?:) She is really talented in offering the opportunity to a subject to speak by itself which is something desperately missing in most social documentaries nowadays.
To conclude, as it was her first exploration outside the rainbow word, it is pretty well done and I hope it would open the path for other ideas of exploration
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