At a time when Brazil was becoming a democracy (1985-1995), four women — Jô, Eunice, Alessa and Fabiana — became mothers while still in their teens. Political evolution and the abrupt entry into adulthood and motherhood are mixed in a film that shows their domestic space, built from personal archives, as well as contemporary images, filmed by the protagonists in 2018, during the election campaign of Jair Bolsonaro.
Brasília, 2018. Contrasting with the monumental governmental buildings, we see coffee cups, tired feet after a day on high heels, the darkness of the way back after a long shift. Presidential elections of Jair Bolsonaro on the noisy TV. A crying child, and a mother, calmly explaining to her son what has just happened.
An immersion into the lives of four women and mothers – Alessa, Eunice, Fabiana e Jo, who witnessed the process of re-democratisation of Brazil (1985-1995). Their archives mix with the present day, as do the (hi)stories of the lives lived with the tension of the current political moment. Amongst the trivial daily objects and tasks, filmed by the protagonists, the unexpected gestures of resistance are revealed.
The choice to work with amateur images, giving them the time they need, questions, as the director Amanda Devulsky puts it, what is information and what is noise, who is the figure and what is a background, both in politics and in film. (Anastasia Lukovnikova)