V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

ESTAMIRA

V' 05

ESTAMIRA

Marcos Prado
Brasilien, 2004
Documentaries, 115min, OmeU

ESTAMIRA

Marcos Prado
Brasilien, 2004
Documentaries, 115min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Marcos Prado
Sound: 
Leandro Lima
Camera: 
Marcos Prado
Editor: 
Tuco
Composer: 
Décio Rocha

Production: 
Zazen Produções Praça Pio XI, 6 sala 102 Rio de Janeiro, 22461-080, Brasilien T 55 21 253 554 07 zazen@zazen.com.br
World Sales: 
Zazen Produções Praça Pio XI, 6 sala 102 Rio de Janeiro, 22461-080, Brasilien T 55 21 253 554 07 m.prado@zazen.com.br
Format: 
35 mm
Color and Black/White

Estamira is 63 and suffers from schizophrenia. For 20 years, she has survived by rummaging in the Jardim Gramacho garbage dump near Rio de Janeiro. In this moving documentary, Marcos Prado followed her from 2000, the year that she started treatment in a psychiatric clinic. Alongside periods when she seems lost in delusions, obsessions and associative sentences, she also has peaceful periods of clarity. It is then that we learn more about her past. She has children and grandchildren, but tragic and traumatic events in her past cannot be separated from the origins of her illness.
Her children are also unable to prevent her from repeatedly returning to the garbage dump. There, she seems a lot more satisfied, among the other dropouts in the apocalyptic third-world decor photographed in ominous black and white by cameraman Leandro Lima than with her children, with whom she quarrels about religion. In her psychotic delusions, Estamira has very fascinating ideas about the state of the world and the evil role played by God; thoughts that her religious children are not able to share. These inimitable psychotic images form a fascinating mirror of an apocalyptic reality. (Gerwin Tamsma)

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