DIAZUL DE CINEMA PRESENTS

MARIA LUIZA

DIRECTED BY MARCELO DÍAZ

First Transgender in the Brazilian Armed Forces

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AGENDA

WACTH NOW

WORLDWIDE

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BRAZIL

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SYNOPSIS

Maria Luiza da Silva is the first transgender in the history of the Brazilian Armed Forces. After 22 years working as a military officer, she was retired due to disability. The movie investigates the motivations for her prohibition to wear the female uniform and her trajectory into affirmation as a transgender, military officer, and Catholic woman.

TRAILER

 
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THE FILM

Unlike most usual transgender personalities portrayed in the media, Maria Luiza is modest, shy, and observant. She dresses and treats others formally. She is Catholic, loves auto racing and takes care of her car in the same manner she took care of the Brazilian Air Force aircrafts

 

The movie strives to look into the following questions:

  • What is the difference between Maria Luiza before and after her transition?

  • What would incapacitate her for military service?

  • What risks would her presence in the Brazilian Air Force bring?

  • In what way is the military decision of removing her from service a consequence of our society?

 

To do so the film uses archives of her own drawings, paintings and photos to guide through her subjectivity. It also arranges meetings with colleagues, prosecutors, and judges who actively took part in her case and, especially, with Maria Luiza herself.

 

The film exposes the human rights violation in Maria Luiza’s case and invites the spectator to think about the freedom one has to express one's own identity.

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DIRECTOR

Brazilian award-winning filmmaker and impact producer, based in Brasilia/Brazil, who seeks to produce films as a means of transformation. Marcelo Díaz has directed and produced documentaries and fiction short films screened in over 60 festivals around the world and in TV channels. MARIA LUIZA is his first feature film.

FILMS

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Maria Luiza

(2019, 80')

 
 
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JOIN US

TAKE THE FILM TO YOUR COMMUNITY, INSTITUTION, COMPANY

Join the #BeYou campaign

We are looking for initiatives of inclusion, celebration, and inspiration in the public and private sectors for trans people and for the human rights field. If you are interested in hosting an event with a screening of the film and a Q&A with Maria Luiza da Silva and director Marcelo Díaz, fill out this form and we will contact you.

Do you want to be our partner?

We are looking for institutions and companies that amplify the presence of trans people and contribute to building an egalitarian society. If you are interested in participating in our impact network, register here and we will contact you.

After 20 years of struggle, in June 2020 the Brazilian Supreme Court decided that Maria Luiza da Silva has the right to retirement in the highest position she could reach in the Air Force. The Minister Herman Benjamin alleges discrimination suffered by her to justify the decision. The debate generated by the film directly contributed to the visibility of the case. The victory, however, is not yet final.

There is still a long way to go for true inclusion of trans people in all fields of society. 

How about we look into taking part of actions that value trans people and inspire true transformation?

IMPACT

HOW TO ENGAGE AND HELP

1

Recommend and offer job opportunities to trans people.

2

 Follow, share and give visibility to job initiatives for trans people.

3

Question, position yourself, do not stand by and allow transphobic situations to occur.

4

Find out about gender and transphobia issues.

5

Follow social network profiles and consume content produced by trans people

6

Collaborate and give visibility to campaigns in favor of trans people

 

CREW

PRODUCED BY

DIAZUL DE CINEMA

FUNDED BY

Fundo de Apoio à Cultura do DF

(FAC / Secretaria de Cultura e Economia Criativa do Distrito Federal)

DIRECTOR

Marcelo Díaz

MAIN CAST

Maria Luiza da Silva

SCRIPT AND RESEARCH

Marcelo Díaz

PRODUCER

Marcelo Díaz

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR (FAC)

Daniela Marinho

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Daniela Marinho

Ana Paula Rabelo

CINEMATOGRAPHY

André Carvalheira

PHOTOS

Diego Bresani

SOUND

Hudson Vasconcelos

ADDITIONAL SOUND

Francisco Craesmeyer

Marcos Manna

Anderson Rosatto

EDITING

Sérgio Azevedo

ARTS AND ANIMATION

Marcia Roth

COLOR GRADING

Junior Xis

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Sascha Kratzer

Rafael Maklon

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

Cristiano Luiz Panerari

SOUND DESIGN AND MIX

Ricardo Reis, ABC

SOUND EDITING SUPERVISOR

Miriam Biderman, ABC

LOCAL PRODUCTION (Rio)

Ylla Gomes

SOUND (Rio)

Fábio Carneiro Leão

JP Fonseca

IMPACT PRODUCERS

Marcelo Díaz

Rossana Giesteira

THIS PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL DISTRICT FUND TO SUPPORT CULTURE.

PRODUCTION

DISTRIBUTOR

IN BRAZIL

OFFICIAL SELECTION

LAB 2018

MEETINGS 2018

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This film and its social impact actions contribute to the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

QUALITY

EDUCATION

GENDER

EQUALITY

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

REDUCED

INEQUALITIES

PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG 

INSTITUTIONS

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Book with photos by Diego Bresani from the film MARIA LUIZA.

Special participation - drawings by Maria Luiza da Silva

SOON

MARIA LUIZA, LUGARES E CONTEXTOS
DIEGO BRESANI

 
 

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