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How far a family movie can get

“Reminscence” (1909-26) is a Family movie of own Aristides Junqueira´s family, archive from Brazilian film libraries. This movie shows unknown histories and points of view about, like a film essay with archives, family scenes, film footage, enterviews and voice over to show a biography of a pioneer of Brazilian Cinema


A documentary film about Research and looking for families meanings, biographies, historic and actuals interpretations for the images of the Aristides Junqueira´s first movies (1879-1952). He was one of pioneers of brazilian cinema, author of dozens silence and sound movies made in almost regions of Brazil since 1907 until 1946. However, most of his archive is lost.

"Reminscence” is a Family movie of own Aristides Junqueira´s family made since 1909 until 1926 in the city of Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais, located in the center of Brazil. It is the only of survivor movie, recognized for researchers, and film archives the older preserved Brazilian movie. This movie became known only 1970, and nowadays, most of stories and point of view about it is unknown. This documentary film discovered news histories through a big process of research with his relatives, family archives, and public film archives.

As a film essay, this documentary film blend different languages and resources from classical and modern documentary film, like interviews, voice-over, archive´s documents, family scenes, film footage, movie projections on the city and resources of editing.

Sponsorship: Belo Horizonte Municipal Culture Fund – Belo Horizonte City Hall - State of Minas Gerais - Brazil.
Support: Cinematheque of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro – MAM – Rio
Support: Casa Cabana

Subtitles in English and Spanish (choose in youtube privacy link) / @umfilmedefamilia 

  • Rodolfo Junqueira Fonseca
    Rodolfo Junqueira Fonseca
  • Rodolfo Junqueira Fonseca
    Rodolfo Junqueira Fonseca
  • Daniel Carneiro
  • Rodolfo Junqueira Fonseca
    Rodolfo Junqueira Fonseca
  • Jalver Bethônico
    Sound Director
  • Raquel Utsch
  • Daniel Carneiro
  • Daniel Carneiro
  • Jalver Bethônico
  • Aristides Junqueira
    Key Cast
    "Aristides Junqueira"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Até onde pode chegar um filme de família
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Archives, Pioneer of Brazilian Cinema, Old movies, Brazil, Cinemateque, History, Filme Footage, Film essay, Family Movie
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2019
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    Black & White and Color
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  • Premiere - Modern Art Musem of Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    October 24, 2018
    Art Modern Musem of Rio de Janeiro
  • Debut - CINEOP 2019 - Ouro Preto Film Festival
    Ouro Preto
    June 8, 2019
    Brazil / Debut
    Official Selection - Mostra Contemporânea
  • Cinema Urbana - Brasília Architecture Film Festival 2019
    Official Selection
  • Alter do Chão Film Festival
    Alter do Chão - Pará
    Official Selection
  • Lift Off Film Festivals
    United Kingdom
  • Ethnographic Film Festival – Intimalente 2019

  • Echo BRICS Film Festival 2020
    Russian Federation
    Official Selection
  • Commemorative exhibitions 65 years - Cinematheque of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro - MAM-Rio
    Rio de Janeiro
    Official Sellection
  • SIMFEST 2020 - International Television Festival and Independent Producers

    Official Selection
  • Cineblube Fundation Getúlio Vargas - FGV / CPDOC 2021
    Rio de Janeiro - RJ
    January 30, 2021
Distribution Information
  • Rodolfo Junqueira Fonseca
    Country: Brazil
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Rodolfo Junqueira Fonseca

Brazilian Sociologist and Antropologist, Reseacher and Professor, Filmmaker e Producer graduated by Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro). Phd student in University of Brasília (Brazil) - More Informations (Portuguese):

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Director Statement

"This movie fills a gap or open a locked door in the Brazilian and Latin America history of cinema. This movie is about a pioneer of Brazilian cinema working with movies ten years after the cinema´s invention. This film is about his family movie that is one of movies remaining of a cinematography of dozens of movies."