Love the Island

"My fate was for this and I have to continue until the end". For more than 30 years, fisherman João Alfredo da Silva, 63, has dedicated his life to collecting garbage from the Billings Reservoir, one of the most important water reservoirs in São Paulo. Tracing his work and personal life, the film explores the importance of preserving the environment in the peripheries and the complexities that surround the protagonist's life.

Documentary produced from the course "Meu Olhar - Short films made by the Peripheral Youth of São Paulo", an initiative between the OEI, the Roberto Marinho Foundation (FRM) and Spcine.

  • Isabela Alves
  • Isabela Alves
  • Isabela Alves
  • Aline Almeida
  • João Alfredo da Silva
    Key Cast
  • Alini Massê
    Executive producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Amar a Ilha
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
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    Yes - Meu Olhar
  • Lift-Off Global Network
    United Kingdom
    September 13, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Festival Film Bahari
    October 27, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Indiefare International Film Festival

    September 15, 2023
    Official Selection
    Award Winner (Best Student Film)
Director Biography - Isabela Alves

Isabela da Silva Alves (born September 14, 1997) is the director and producer of the documentary "Da Ponte Pra Cá" (2022), a short film selected for important Brazilian festivals, such as the 26th Tiradentes Film Festival and the 12th Mostra Cinema Echo Speaker. In the same year, she played the character Milene, in "Blogueira da Favela".

It was contemplated in its first public notice with the project "Meu Olhar - Short films made by Juventude Periférica de São Paulo", an initiative between the OEI, the Roberto Marinho Foundation (FRM) and Spcine. The short film "Amar a Ilha" is scheduled for release in August 2023.

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