Post-pandemic Cinema: From Affirmative Action to Political Affirmation

05/06/22 - Sunday | 10:30

In these past two years of the pandemic the world has been mediated by cameras. Our approach to telling stories has expanded as everything has become audiovisual: theater, visual arts, dance… likewise transforming the process of making and appreciating cinema. As public policies have paralyzed amid the pandemic and political crisis, alongside the emergence of new legal emergency devices (Aldir Blanc Law), what have been the challenges faced by filmmakers as production gradually resumes in the country? If, on the one hand, we find an upsurge in film productions in major centers, sometimes with shortage of professionals, why are there still so many people without work? Who are the missing people? How can we expand the diversity in crews and audiovisual narratives in affirmative policies, as well as beyond them, until it becomes a wholly natural phenomenon?


Renata Martins

Creator of the award-winning web series “Empoderadas”, she was a member of the writing team for the series “Pedro e Bianca”, winner of the Emmy Kids International award as well as the Iberoamerican and International Prix Jeunesse awards. She coordinated the development of the series “Rua Nove” and the production of the seminar “Black Women in the Audiovisual Sector” in 2017. She was a playwright on the program “Ida”, of the Black Collective Cia. She wrote and directed the short film “Sem Asas”, winner of the Mostra Brasil at the 12th Cambuquira Exhibit, in Minas Gerais, 2019, and selected for the Competition Section of the 30th São Paulo International Short Film Festival. She was a member of the writing team for the soap opera “Malhação – Viva a Diferença”, from Rede Globo, which won the Emmy in 2018.

Bea Gerolim

Filmmaker, art director, curator, and artistic director of Griot – Contemporary Black Film Festival, held in Curitiba. Bea Gerolin researches the representation of Black women in contemporary Brazilian cinema and new Black narratives. She directed the documentary short film “Ferradura”, which premiered at the Vitória Film Festival in 2017. In 2020, she directed her first fiction short film, “Baobá”. She signed the art direction of the short film “Tentei”, directed by Laís Melo and awarded best film at the Brasília Film Festival in 2017, and the art direction of the feature film “Alice Junior”, directed by Gil Baroni, with international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2020.

Jussara Locatelli

Born in Curitiba, Jussara Locatelli holds a technical diploma in Telecommunications from UTFPR and an MBA in Audiovisual Communication from PUC-PR, as well as an MBA in Communication and Marketing from UNICURITIBA. Her director career spans over 30 years of experience in audiovisual production, having won several national and international awards. She began her activities in 1979, on RPC TV / Rede Globo in Paraná, and was invited by OTI (TV’s Ibero-Americanas) to coordinate the Pan American Games in Caracas for Latin American broadcasters. Since 1991, she has been a partner at Realiza Vídeo, an audiovisual content producer founded by two women, where she has produced documentary and fiction films as well as corporate videos.

Nika Braun

Born in Cascavel, in the state of Paraná, Nika Braun is a Brazilian photographer and filmmaker. She began her career in Curitiba, where she graduated in Publicity and Advertising. Her first artistic experiences were in theater, where she acted in more than 35 theatrical productions. Along the way, she discovered and fell in love with filmmaking, where she worked on film projects such as “Circular” and “Nervo Craniano Zero”. From Curitiba she went to Los Angeles, where she specialized in film direction and screenwriting at UCLA. From there, she worked as a filmmaker and photographer at Noora Health – an NGO in Bangalore, India, where she photographed the first portraits that would lead to the project “Son(h)os Alheios”. In 2019, Nika signed on as co-writer and assistant director in the film “Prisoners of The Body” in Germany, nominated for the Student Oscar 2020. She is the founder and coordinator of the Cléo de Verberena Collective, devoted to developing film scripts focused on fictional narratives and documentaries on women and minority characters.