It’s All True 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 26th É Tudo Verdade/It’s All True

Dates:
April 8-18

About:
This Brazilian nonfiction event returns with approximately 35 new documentary features.

Among the offerings:
Brazilian Competition

ALVORADA PALACE
Director: Anna Muylaert, Lô Politi
A behind-the-scenes look at the life and routine of Brazil’s first and only female president, Dilma Rousseff, during the dramatic unfolding of the impeachment process that removed her from power.

EDNA
Director: Eryk Rocha
Camped at the edge of the Transbrasiliana highway, Edna inhabits a land in ruins, built upon massacres. Raised by a single mother, she has felt in her bones, and in those of her descendants, the impacts of a war that has never ended: the war for land.

THE REPENTANTS
Director: Ricardo Calil, Armando Antenore
In 1970, at the height of the military dictatorship in Brazil, five detained guerrilla fighters came out in public to disavow the armed struggle and praise the regime, only to be arrested, tortured, and converted into a propaganda tool for their enemies.

International Competition

9 DAYS IN RAQQA
Director: Xavier De Lauzanne
Leila Mustapha, the mayor of Raqqa, is on a mission is to rebuild her city and to establish democracy.

GLORY TO THE QUEEN
Director: Tatia Skhirtladze
During the Cold War, four legendary female chess players from Georgia revolutionized women’s chess across the globe.

GORBACHEV. HEAVEN
Director: Vitaly Mansky
Gorbachev, the architect of glasnost and perestroika, but condemned by his own people, lives out the last days of his life in an empty house in the suburbs near Moscow.

LEONIE, ACTRESS AND SPY
Director: Annette Apon
During World War II, actress Leonie Brandt took on the role of her life and became a spy for the Dutch intelligence service in Nazi Germany, but after the war, many prominent Dutchmen feared her for what she knew about their actions during the occupation.

PARADISE
Director: Sérgio Tréfaut
Elderly people gather every day in the romantic gardens of Catete Palace – the former official residence of the presidents of Brazil from 1867 to 1960, and presently the site of the Museu da República – and tell each other the meaning of life, singing love songs… until the pandemic arrived.

Latin American Showcase

NEIGHBORHOOD CINEMAS
Director: Wari Gálvez
A group of former movie-projector operators from different places in Peru prepare to project a film in which they are the protagonists themselves: along with former ticket holders and administrators, they reveal their most intimate and indelible experiences in the movie theatres that got old along with them.

SEX AND REVOLUTION
Director: Ernesto Ardito
In the early 1970s, Argentinean homosexuals – often subjected to torture by the police or imprisonment in mental hospitals – decided to fight back, joining revolutionary groups and founding the Homosexual Liberation Front… but the leftist parties weren’t ready for them.

The State of Things

THE GOLDEN COUP
Director: Chaim Litewski
After the coup of 1964, the media conglomerate Diários Associados organized a campaign called “Gold for Brazil,” exhorting the people to donate wealth to the military government. The symbol of the campaign was the wedding ring, sealing the union between the people and the State. The film picks up the trail of the millions collected, but never channeled back into society.

OKINAWA/SANTOS
Director: Yoju Matsubayashi
During World War II, Brazilian authorities forced many Japanese immigrants who were living in Santos, Brazil, to relocate. Most of them were from Okinawa. With the help of local people of Okinawan descent, the film investigates a misdeed shrouded in mystery and the hidden historical relationship between Okinawa and Brazil.

UNCLE TOMMY: THE MAN WHO FOUNDED NEWSWEEK
Director: Loli Menezes
Thomas John Cardell Martyn, founder of Newsweek, is buried in Agrolândia, in Santa Catarina. The film investigates the life of this character, who fought in World War I and rubbed shoulders with Scott Fitzgerald and Nelson Rockefeller—then suffered a blow and ended up in South America.

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