A colourful and noisy encounter with Família Stronger, a LGBTQIA+ collective in the neighbourhood of São Paulo’s periphery. Across a split screen, "Sunday" portrays a single day in which the collective gather for a lively lunch get-together, then head out into the streets for a protest against the conservative forces behind the 2016 coup d'état. The camera moves freely amongst the boisterous group, capturing spirited banter amongst this alternative queer family, and the force of their political will against a state that seeks to repress their voice.

"Sunday" is part of a documentary project of transmedia storytelling about Família Stronger which combines multiple platforms and formats, including: a webdoc with digital interactice diagrams updated in real time by a social network created for the collective, videoportraits and series of photographs.

  • Paulo Mendel
  • Vitor Grunvald
  • Paulo Mendel
  • Vitor Grunvald
  • Rafael Mendel
  • Alex Miller Stronger
    Key Cast
  • Elvis Stronger
    Key Cast
  • Lyka Stronger
    Key Cast
  • Jessika Ferreira
    Key Cast
  • Matheus Stronger
    Key Cast
  • Thiago "Japa" Stronger
    Key Cast
  • BlankTape |Art and Films
    Production Company
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    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Experimental, LGBT, Transmedia
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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  • Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival | Queer Brazil program | Bristol, UK
    United Kingdom
    March 27, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 21ª Bienal de Arte Contemporânea Sesc_Videobrasil | São Paulo, Brazil
    Sao Paulo
    October 10, 2019
    Official Selection
  • RAI@USC 2020 | The Rainbow Reel (shorts program) | Los Angeles, United States
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • APA Award 2019 - Associação Portuguesa de Antropologia | Lisboa, Portugal
    February 21, 2020
    Best Ethnographic Film
  • 44º Encontro Anual da ANPOCS | Imagens e vozes de gênero, raça e sexualidades
    São Paulo
    December 5, 2020
    Best Short Film
  • XII Prêmio Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia
    October 5, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Paulo Mendel, Vitor Grunvald

Paulo Mendel is a filmmaker, visual artist and independent curator. He explores audiovisual possibilities in different media, especially the interface between art and video and between video art and documentary. He has worked in short and feature films, commercials, animations and art films. His hybrid works have been exhibited at major festivals, such as the Prague Quadrennial, and are included in collections such as those of Circuito Videodanza Mercosur and Centre de vidéo-danse de Bourgogne. In recent years, he began to create in other media – such as web-art and oil paintings – as well directing projects of his production company BlankTape, with which he also organizes online exhibitions, a way to dialogue with other artists and reflect upon contemporary production. In 2019, his first fashion film won six internationals awards, including for Best Director in London and for Best Photography in Barcelona.

Vitor Grunvald is an anthropologist and filmmaker. Professor at UFRGS, where he coordinates the Visual Anthropology Center (Navisual). He holds a PhD in Anthropology from USP, with an emphasis on Visual Anthropology, Art, Performance, Gender and Sexuality. He also has a degree in Cinematographic Direction from AIC. He is coordinator of the Recognition Group in Artistic / Audiovisual Universes at UFRJ and researcher at the Visual Anthropology Group (GRAVI), the Anthropology, Performance and Drama Center (NAPEDRA), the Center for Studies on Social Markers of Difference (NUMAS) and Research in Musical Anthropology (PAM), all linked to USP. He is a member of the Visual Anthropology Committee of the Brazilian Anthropological Association and a member of the Pierre Verger Award. In recent years, he has offered a series of workshops and courses on cinema, documentary video, art and issues related to gender, sexuality and queer / cuir theory. Currently, he develops anthropological research with the Stronger Family, reflecting on issues related to discussions about family, kinship, city and social markers of difference.

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Director Statement

In recent years, Brazil has suffered a crisis that is economic, political and related to the values that guide individual and collective conduct. The consolidation of social and human rights had, as its counterpart, the growth of conservative responses that try to condemn experiences and practices that diverge from the standards set by rich, white and heterosexual groups.

As we can see in other parts of the world, the notion of "traditional family" became the center of gravity out of which a series of claims are made, seeking to transform other forms of inhabiting the world in abject experiences to be avoid and repressed.

In spite of this, there are groups that represent a vivid and powerful form of resistance. Bodies which are continuously exposed to daily violence, such as those of women, LGBTQIA+ and black people which, until recently, were not considered appropriated to occupy the public space with their particular requests and ways of behaving.