The other side of the coin

The first film about street musicians in the city of Porto and the Pippermint Twist project of the 80's! PORTO. Accelerated days to the sound of the music of the street artists. We dropped a coin, we went on, but what stories hide "behind the coin"!? From the streets to the stage, from the limelight to the streets. Souls seeking food, bodies seeking sustenance, but in the end only music survives.
Luís Moya enters the street life, revealing the humanity behind hard lives, living with these musicians and showing us their original personalities.

  • Luis Moya
  • Luís Moya
  • Luís Moya
  • António Costa Valente
  • Alexandre Amorim
    Key Cast
    Main actor, street musician
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Por detrás da moeda
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    documentary, lifestyle, music
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 EUR
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  • Fantasporto International Film Festival
    February 29, 2020
    Audience Award
  • Fantasporto international film festival
    February 29, 2020
    Jury special mention
    July 25, 2020
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Filmografo
    Country: Portugal
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Luis Moya

Luís Moya, independent filmmaker, image reporter and editor, born in Porto.
Winner of the Fantasporto 2013 Portuguese Cinema Award and best documentary at Farcume international film festival 2013 with the short film “mia mia Sudan tamam tamam”.
On television, in 2014, was image reporter for the report “Life Beyond Disability”, awarded at the V Inclusion Gala.
Collaborates with several national and international television channels.
Graduated in cinema from the Porto School of Arts (ESAP) and Sint-Lukas in Brussels.
In recent years has been producing and directing his first documentary feature film “The other side of the coin”, along with two other documentary film projects.

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Director Statement

Life is not always predisposed to let each person's dreams come true. My passion and struggle is to make films and show them to the world, these street artists have the desire to be professional musicians and perform on big stages. They do not get carried away by the pressures of social status and every day they go to the streets and do what they love most.
Several genuine characters are the “face” of downtown Porto, after some time of familiarity with me,they let their lives, stories and difficulties unfold to the camera lens. We discover who are those people sitting on the floor, with a box of shoes ahead, which are often discriminated and classified as beggars.
It is this close relationship between Director with camera in hand and street artists, that the film conveys a very personal vision and a strong link between both.
“The other side of the coin” reveals and does not exploit street artists.
I intend it to be a Human experience and a reflection for everyone who seeks happiness and the achievement of their dreams.
We must continue to strive to do what we like best and learn to be happy with little. A daily and constant battle that ends only when death arrives.