DIAZUL DE CINEMA PRESENTS
DIRECTED BY MARCELO DÍAZ
First Transgender in the Brazilian Armed Forces
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.
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.
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.
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?
HOW TO ENGAGE AND HELP
Recommend and offer job opportunities to trans people.
Follow, share and give visibility to job initiatives for trans people.
Question, position yourself, do not stand by and allow transphobic situations to occur.
Find out about gender and transphobia issues.
Follow social network profiles and consume content produced by trans people
Collaborate and give visibility to campaigns in favor of trans people
DIAZUL DE CINEMA
Fundo de Apoio à Cultura do DF
(FAC / Secretaria de Cultura e Economia Criativa do Distrito Federal)
Maria Luiza da Silva
SCRIPT AND RESEARCH
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR (FAC)
Ana Paula Rabelo
ARTS AND ANIMATION
Cristiano Luiz Panerari
SOUND DESIGN AND MIX
Ricardo Reis, ABC
SOUND EDITING SUPERVISOR
Miriam Biderman, ABC
LOCAL PRODUCTION (Rio)
Fábio Carneiro Leão