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Marielle and Monica

The LGBT activists resisting Bolsonaro's Brazil.

Marielle Franco, a Brazilian politician and LGBT and human-rights activist, was killed in March 2018. While coming to terms with the death of her partner, Monica Benicio continues the fight to give a voice to those who are deemed disposable in Brazil: women, the poor, the LGBT community, and black Brazilians.

Marielle’s murder has still not been solved and, as the police investigation drifts, Monica is plunged into a new crisis because of the right-wing anti-LGBT politician Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign to become Brazilian president.

Marielle and Monica tells a personal story of loss, bringing into focus the challenges that lie ahead for LGBT rights and progressive politics in Brazil.

  • Fábio Erdos
  • Marina Costa
  • Charlie Phillips
    Executive Producer
  • Jacqueline Edenbrow
    Executive Producer
  • Fábio Erdos
    Director of Photography
  • Fábio Erdos
  • Marcelo Engster
    Assistant Director and Audio
  • Lucas Piovesan
    Sound Designer
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    24 minutes 55 seconds
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    December 20, 2018
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    8,000 GBP
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Director Biography - Fábio Erdos

Fábio Erdos is a Brazilian filmmaker and photographer. He began his career in early 2015, after completing cinema school at Darcy Ribeiro Film School in Rio de Janeiro and Prague Film School.

His films have been shown at the GLAAD, in New York, One World Film Festival, in Prague, La Gacilly Photo Festival, in France, as well as the Museum of Tomorrow and the Museum of Modern Art, in Rio de Janeiro.

Previous to his film and photography career, Fábio worked for the international non-profit ActionAid for many years, where he gained experience in the grassroots work on poverty and social inequality. During this time he worked in rural communities in Northeast Brazil, a region that suffers from one of the worst droughts in the last 50 years, in Haiti, a year after the devastating earthquake of 2010, and in the rural communities of Mozambique. These experiences inspired him to pursue filmmaking and photography as a way to convey contemporary socio-environmental issues.

Erdos' clients include international non-profits and media outlets, such as ActionAid, Global Witness, CNN's Great Big Story, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He is also a contributor to The Everyday Projects.

Fábio Erdos' focuses on documenting stories through a personal and intimate narrative, aiming to bring awareness and, most importantly, impact to social and environmental issues.

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