Beyond the Looking Glass

We are born into naked bodies that we strive to dress, decorate and change, in the hopes of reaching authenticity. In Porto Alegre, Brazil, seven people share their thoughts to burst the bubble of a much avoided topic.

  • Carolina de Azevedo
  • Elena Sassi
  • Leonardo Michelon
  • Iuri Santos
  • Jonathan Haeser
  • Rafael Hires
  • Carolina de Azevedo
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    De que lado me olhas
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    human rights, gender, lgbt, algbtqi, glbtqa, lgbtqa3, queer, gender identity, trans, agender, genderqueer, respect, student film, student, transgender
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 3, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
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  • Curta o Gênero
    Fortaleza, CE, Brazil
    April 13, 2015
    Brazilian Premiere
  • Mostra FIRE!!
    Barcelona, España
    June 2, 2015
    European premiere
  • Rio Festival Gay de Cinema
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
    June 2, 2015
  • Sercine - Festival de Cinema Universitário de Sergipe
    August 1, 2015
  • 43o Festival de Cinema de Gramado - Mostra Gaúcha
    August 7, 2015
  • 4th Kolkata International Film Festival
    Kolkata, India
    August 8, 2015
    Indian premiere
    Best Student Documentary - Jury Prize
  • San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    November 18, 2015
  • Merlinka Film Festival
    Merlinka, Serbia
  • Lumiar: Festival Interamericano de Cinema Universitário
    Belo Horizonte
  • Curta Cinema - Festival de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
  • MOSCA - Mostra Audiovisual de Cambuquira
    Minas Gerais, Brasil
  • For Rainbow
    Fortaleza, CE, Brasil
  • Mostra de Cine Social de Alcoy
    Cidade de Alcoi, Espanha
    November 18, 2015
  • Latin UY - Festival Internacional de Cine Latino de Punta del Este
    Punta del Este, Uruguay
  • Close - Festival Nacional de Cinema da Diversidade Sexual
    Porto Alegre, Brasil
  • Prêmio Unicos - Unisinos
    São Leopoldo, Unisinos
    Melhor curta documentário
  • 1st Festival Toró de Cinema Universitário
    Belém, Brasil
  • Festival Brasileiro de Cinema Universitário - Mostra Panorama Nacional
Director Biography - Carolina de Azevedo, Elena Sassi

Carolina and Elena are Film school juniors at University of the Sinos Valley.

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Director Statement

This short documentary film is the product of a school discipline. The idea came from the need to address the much neglected topic of gender identity among teens and young adults in the directors' city. Most of the interviewed persons were friends of the directors prior to the shooting and were actually the inspiration for the film itself. The idea won a contest among the co-directors' classmates, earning the chance to be shot in 2014.