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Program 8: Duration 81’
Dreaming Awake (USA) 5’
The House (United Kingdom) 8’
We Are PHAMALy (USA) 19’
Born Freak (United Kingdom) 49’

Program 9: Duration 80’
A Touch of Color (United Kingdom) 13’
Flying People (United Kingdom) 24’
When Love is Blind (Canada) 43’

Program 10: Duration 85’
North Face (United Kingdom) 9’
Urban Myth (United Kingdom) 9’
One Night Sit (USA) 11’
Untold Desires (Australia) 56’

Program 11: Duration 84’
Like a Butterfly (Poland) 29’
The Ability Trek (Australia) 55’

Program 12: Duration 77’
School for One and All (Russia) 26’
The Epidemic (Denmark) 51’

Program 13: Duration 81’
Outside/Inside (USA) 6’
From Grief to Struggle (Brazil) 75’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    A Life to Live - Zycie Przed Toba
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 20min
EspaçadorPoland, 2003
EspaçadorDirector: Maciej Adamek
EspaçadorProducer: Radek Stys
  A Life to Live    
 
The film is about blind children being prepared for an independent life by teachers at a Center for Blind People. We can observe the children during their everyday activities, when they learn how to button up, tie their shoelaces and recognize sounds and objects. They also speak about their expectations for the future. The things that are obvious and easy for people who can see, for them, are often very complicated.
 
Awards: 12 awards at festivals: Best Short Documentary at Palm Springs, San Francisco, Buster Film Fest, Blue Sea Film Fest and Audience Award at Washington, Stockholm Film Festival.

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    A Child Unlike any Other
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 11min
EspaçadorCanada, 2005
EspaçadorDirector: Anna Barczewska
EspaçadorProducer: Claudette Jaiko
  A Child Unlike any Other    
 
Jan Maka was happy, energetic - a child like any other. Overnight, his family's life was turned upside down when it was discovered that he was "different": Jan has autism. What is it like to live with a child affected by this neurological disorder? Anna Barczewska's poignant short film puts a human face on the little-known condition and, through one family's story, depicts the struggle of all parents of children with autism.
 

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    Happy Birthday Thalidomide - Feliz Aniversário Talidomida
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 48min
EspaçadorBrazil e United Kingdom, 2004
EspaçadorDirector: Kim Flitcroft
EspaçadorProducer: Kim Flitcroft
  Happy Birthday Thalidomide    
 
Happy Birthday Thalidomide is 1st generation Thalidomide victim Mat Fraser's personal history of the original drug scandal, before he sets off to Brazil, where he meets many original, then 2nd, and even 3rd generation Thalidomide victims there. He investigates its use and meets women who are still taking it.
 

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    In the Middle of the Way - No meio do caminho
 
Documentary, 26min
Brazil, 2002
Director: André Costa e Silvio Cordeiro
Producer: Danilo Concílio
  In the Middle of the Way    
 
The documentary presents the routine of four locomotion-impaired people, discussing the issue of accessibility in São Paulo City.
 
Awards: 2º lugar júri técnico no VI VIDEVÍDEO - Festival Nacional de Cinema e Vídeo da UFRJ; Melhor Roteiro no Festival Cearense de Vídeos Universitários NÓIA

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    Mama Wahunzi
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 57min
EspaçadorThailand and USA, 2002
EspaçadorDirector: Lawan Jirasuradej
EspaçadorProducer: Lawan Jirasuradej
  Mama Wahunzi    
 
In 1997, in both Uganda and Kenia, one hundred thousand people were without wheelchairs, and women had access to only one percent of those available. Three women decided to take their fate into their own hands. They learned how to built wheelchairs - thus ensuring their own mobility.
 
Awards: Audience Awards at African American Women in Cinema Film Festival and African Studies Association Conference, USA 2003; Merit Award at Superfest, USA 2004; Cultural Grant, Asian-Europe Foundation to attend Torino International Women Film Festival - Turin, Italy 2003.

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    About Love - O Lyubvi
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 26min
EspaçadorRussia, 2003
EspaçadorDirector: Tofik Shakhverdiev
  About Love    
 
In a school for disabled children in Russia, some creative and funny kids talk about their lives, and specially about love.
 
Awards: Grand Prix - "Stalker", Special Prize and Prize of Viewers Appreciation - "Cinema Without Barriers", First Prize - "Message to Man", St. Petersburg, First Prize Festival of Russian Cinema in France, First Prize Festival - "Flaertiana", Perm.

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    Dear Perla - Liebe Perla
 
Documentary, 53min
Israel, 1999
Director: Shahar Rozen
Producer: Edna Kowarsky e Eden Productions
  Dear Perla    
 
This is the story of a friendship between two very short women. Perla, an actress, is the last living member of a Jewish family of dwarfs that survived Dr. Mengele's experiments in Auschwitz. Hannelore was born in postwar Germany. Hannelore sets out on a quest, which could well fulfill one of Perla´s greatest dreams. She is searching for a lost Nazi film of Perla's family, standing naked on stage, before a group of high-ranking SS officers. As she hunts for the film in German and Polish archives, Hannelore corresponds with Perla to report on her progress.
 
Awards: Prize for best script - Haifa Film Festival; Israel Magnolia prize for best documentary - Shanghai Film Festival; Best film award - Turk Festival in Turkey.

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    The Collector of Bedford Street
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 34min
EspaçadorUSA, 2002
EspaçadorDirector: Alice Elliott
EspaçadorProducer: Alice Elliott
  The Collector of Bedford Street    
 
Short documentary about Larry Selman, Alice's neighbour, a community activist and a fundraiser who has developmental disabilities. When Larry's primary caregiver becomes unable to care for him, his New-Yorkers neighbours rally together to protect his lifestyle as a man living independently with developmental disabilities.
 
Awards: Indicado ao Oscar da Academia®; Jewish Image Award - Documentary Film 2003; Tash Image Award - Documentary Film 2003; Council on Foundations - Henry Hampton Awards 2002; Heartland Festival - Crystal Heart Award 2002; Ojai Film Festival - Theme Award 2002; The Black Maria Festival - Directors Choice Awards 2003 - Third Prize 2003; Freddie Award - Finalist in Special People 2003; Aspen Short Film Festival - Best Documentary 2002 - Audience Award 2002 - The Horizon Award; USA Festival - The Family Award 2002; Florida Film Festival - Audience Award, Favorite Short Film 2002, Florida Filmmaker Award 2002; Silver Street Film and Video Festival - Best Documentary 2002; Big Bear Lake Festival - Jury Prize for Best Documentary.

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    The Life of Me
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 51min
EspaçadorCanada, 2004
EspaçadorDirector: Manfred Becker
EspaçadorProducer: Susan Baker
  The Life of Me    
 
What does mental illness look like? Rachel Manning and George Vukojevic were aspiring actors in New York City, until their careers were cut short by mental illness. George was diagnosed with schizophrenia and Rachel, with bipolar disorder. For the next 10 years, keeping their lives together became a severe challenge. But then an opportunity arose to take to the stage again through Toronto's Workman Theatre Project.
 

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    Thalassa - Thalassa
 
Documentary, 11min
Brazil, 2005
Director: Júlia Porciúncula e Liane dos Santos
Producer: Marília Nogueira
  Thalassa    
 
The history of Thalassa, a nine years old girl who was born with a brain damage. Through the efforts of her parents, she is able to live an active and happy life.
 

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    Without Apology
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 73min
EspaçadorUSA, 2004
EspaçadorDirector: Susan Hamovitch
EspaçadorProducer: Susan Hamovitch
  Without Apology    
 
Alan, director Susan Hamovitch´s brother, was born in 1950 with a brain so severely damaged he would never develop the ability to speak. Alan became a secret suddenly. In 1958, he was sent to live in Letchworth Village, a state-run institution for people with mental retardation. And after that day, almost all mention of him within the home virtually ceased. The shroud of secrecy that surrounded Alan's disappearance has prompted the filmmaker to probe delicately but persistently beneath the surface of the family's silence: to find answers to why and how Alan's placement occurred, and why so much was left unsaid.
 
Awards: BAC Festival - Best Feature Documentary; Hearts and Minds Film Festival - 2nd place Audience Award, Feature Documentary.

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    The Egg
 
EspaçadorFiction, 9min
EspaçadorUnited Kingdom, 2002
EspaçadorDirector: Richard Wilson
EspaçadorProducer: Ewan Marshall
  The Egg    
 
The perfect egg served in a greasy transport café to a disabled man at 4.00am has life-altering repercussions for all present.
 

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    Wheeling Dealing
 
Fiction, 11min
United Kingdom, 2004
Director: James Mellor, Tinch Minter, Charlotte Tarrant
Producer: Margaret Milner, Tinch Minter
  Wheeling Dealing    
 
Annie is tricked out of reading her news at 3 o'clock slot and in place The Zero Option News presents a surreal look at what the news could potentially be in 2010. The people in the news are not just making the news but they are also breaking the mould.
 

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    Spit it Out
 
Documentary, 55min
USA, 2004
Director: Jonathan Skurnik
Co-Produtores: Elisa DeCarlo, Kathy Leichter
  Spit it Out    
 
Spit It Out is a funny and poignant portrait of Jeff Shames' successful efforts to come to terms with his stutter and his family's legacy of denial. Jeff's father is intolerant of and rageful toward his son's imperfections, while his mother is unable to acknowledge her own childhood stutter. As a teenager Jeff turns to alcohol and drugs to mask his shame, and eventually marries an alcoholic who interacts with the outside world for him. After his wife gets sober, Jeff discovers the stuttering self-help community and embarks on a healing journey of sobriety, self-acceptance and forgiveness.
 
Awards: Won an Achievement Award at Superfest, and an Honorable Men Best Film by a Disabled Filmmaker at Canada´s Picture This Festival.

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    The Kids Are All Right
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 30min
EspaçadorUSA, 2005
EspaçadorDirector: Kerry Richardson
EspaçadorProducer: Kerry Richardson
  The Kids Are All Right    
 
The Kids Are All Right is a half-hour documentary about a renegade Jerry's Kid named Mike Ervin. A Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) poster child in the 1960s, today Mike is an outspoken disability rights activist who challenges the MDA's use of pity to raise money in its annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon.
 

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    Forbidden Wedding - Casamento Proibido
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 56min
EspaçadorBrazil e USA, 2002
EspaçadorDirector: Flavia Fontes
EspaçadorProducer: Flavia Fontes
  Forbidden Wedding    
 
Forbidden Wedding is the story of Hedir, a paraplegic man in Brazil, who was forbidden to marry his love because the Catholic Church suspected that he was sexually impotent. According to Vatican Law, a person who cannot copulate cannot get married in the Church. This film documents Hedir's struggle to get married and the impact his story had on his small town and Brazil. An intimate account of their personal story and an exploration of disability rights, sexuality, and faith.
 
Awards: Someone to Watch Award - CineWomen 2004; Audience Award For Best Documentary - Projections Internacional Film Festival; Honorable Mention - Philadelphia Internacional Film Festival; Award of Excellence - Brasa Film Festival.

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    Dreaming Awake
 
EspaçadorVídeo Experimental, 5min
EspaçadorUSA, 2003
EspaçadorDirector: John R. Killacky
  Dreaming Awake    
 
Experimental short video which is a prayer of reconciliation juxtaposing dancers with disabilities with the narrator seated in his wheelchair.
 
Awards: Projections - Best Performance Piece; Superfest - Achievement Award; Picture This Festival - Best Performance Short.

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    The House
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 8min
EspaçadorUnited Kingdom, 2003
EspaçadorDirector: Vivienne Jones
EspaçadorProducer: Maggie Ellis
  The House    
 
"The House" tells a story of a group of women, with mental disabilities, as they explore their own lives and memories through drawings and the animations the director has created from these artworks.
 
Awards: Winner of Best Short Film, Audience Award, High Falls Film Festival, Rochester, New York, USA, 2003; Winner of A.S.I.F.A. Award for European Animation, L'Alternativa - Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Spain, 2003; Winner of Grand Prize for Best Short Film, Siena Short Film Festival, Italy, 2003; Winner of The Silver Dragon Award, Best Animated Film, Cracow Film Festival, 2004; Honourable Mention for Documentary on a theme of Disability, Picture This Film Festival, Calgary, Canada, 2004.

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    We Are PHAMALy
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 19min
EspaçadorUSA, 2003
EspaçadorDirector: Daniel Junge
EspaçadorProducer: Henry Ansbacher
  We Are PHAMALy    
 
This is no ordinary opening night, nor an ordinary troupe of actors. Each member of this cast faces extraordinary challenges simply getting to the theater, moving around stage, even surviving another year to act in another play. Meet PHAMALy, the Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actor's League. "We Are PHAMALy" is an intimate portrait of three cast members, illuminating the remarkable strength and courage they display with their fellow players in mounting this show. We follow their progress from auditions to opening night, from moments of doubt and despair to their emotional highs.
 

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    Born Freak
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 49min
EspaçadorUnited Kingdom, 2001
EspaçadorDirector: Paul Sapin
EspaçadorProducer: Paul Sapin
  Born Freak    
 
Born Freak is British disabled actor Mat Fraser's journey into the history of disabled performers, Freak Shows. We learn about their legendary disabled entertainers, before Mat performs at the last surviving Freak Show in America. In Edinburgh, with a reactive one-man show, Mat's quest concludes in a dramatic finale.
 
Awards: Finalist, Best Documentary Britspotting Film Festival, Berlin 2003; Winner Best of Festival, Picture This Film Festival, Canada 2002; Winner Best of Festival, SuperFest XXIII, San Francisco 2003; Winner Best of Festival International Disability Film Festival, London 2003.

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    A Touch of Color
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 13min
EspaçadorUnited Kingdom, 2004
EspaçadorDirector: Catalin Brylla
EspaçadorProducer: Catalin Brylla
  A Touch of Color    
 
Due to his visual impairment, British painter Terry Jackson had to radically restructure his life, as well as his painting technique. His artworks reflect the change of life Terry has gone through, and show his constant struggle to keep painting as a form of expressing what is inside of him.
 

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    Flying People
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 24min
EspaçadorUnited Kingdom, 2004
EspaçadorDirector: Tom Collinson
EspaçadorProducer: Tom Collinson
  Flying People    
 
A world-champion kite flyer attempts to teach his blind boss to fly kites. A documentary film about two people and their passion for flight.
 
Awards: Honorable Mention - Picture This Canada.

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    When Love is Blind
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 43min
EspaçadorCanada, 2004
EspaçadorDirector: Sylvie Peitier
EspaçadorProducer: Sylvie Peitier
  When Love is Blind    
 
When Love is Blind examines courtship and love from the point of view of blind women and men who are searching for love. When Love is Blind reveals their feelings and thoughts about the mysteries of seduction, the foundations of romantic and physical love, and the importance of beauty. They share their experiences with dating, courtship and marriage. Traditionally, we think love and attraction as caused by certain visual stimuli. We judge others (and are judged in return) on appearance. In meeting the characters in When Love is Blind we confront our own prejudices about the need for visual attraction to exist before physical attraction can exist at all.
 

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    North Face
 
EspaçadorFiction, 9min
EspaçadorUnited Kingdom, 2002
EspaçadorDirector: Marc Jobst
EspaçadorProducer: Ewan Marshall
  North Face    
 
The neighbor of a young disabled woman is forced to face his feelings over a recent romantic entanglement with her when locked out of his flat.
 

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    Urban Myth
 
EspaçadorFiction, 9min
EspaçadorUnited Kingdom, 2002
EspaçadorDirector: Ewan Marshall
EspaçadorProducer: Ewan Marshall
  Urban Myth    
 
Mat Fraser and Saffron Burrows star as two could-have-been-lovers who bump into each other again after 16 years, as a story of missed opportunity, personal anxiety and lust unfolds.
 

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    One Night Sit
 
Documentary, 11min
USA, 2004
Director: Carmelo Gonzalez e Diana Naftal
Producer: Carmelo Gonzalez e Diana Naftal
  One Night Sit    
 
A look at the difficulties some people with disabilities have had looking for love in the gay (male) community. The video poses the important question: In a community that over-emphasizes physical beauty, where do people with disabilities fit in? Or what becomes of them?
 
Awards: Picture This Film Festival (Honorable Mention); Alliance for Community Media Northeast Regional Video Festival (won Award).

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    Untold Desires
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 56min
EspaçadorAustralia, 1994
EspaçadorDirector: Sarah Barton
  Untold Desires    
 
People with disabilities struggle to be recognized as sexual beings, free to explore their sexuality and lead sexually active lives. This film explores first-hand stories of people with disabilities who speak candidly about their experiences in their search for sexually fulfilled lives.
 
Awards: Winner, Best Television Documentary, AFI Awards 1995; Winner, Most Outstanding Documentary, Logie Awards 1996; Winner, Best Documentary, International Human Rights Awards, 1995; Nominated, Best Social Issues Documentary, ATOM Awards 1995; Certificate of Creative Excellence, US International Film & Television Festival 1995; Silver Medal, Prix Leonardo, Italy 1995; Gold Awards for Best Documentary, Australian Cinematographers Society Awards 1995.

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    Like a Butterfly - Jak Motyl
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 29min
EspaçadorPoland, 2004
EspaçadorDirector: Ewa Pieta
EspaçadorProducer: Miroslaw Grubek
  Like a Butterfly    
 
Przemek is paralyzed since birth. He also can't speak but his mind is sound. The Boy tried to communicate with environment but nobody understood him until he was 16 years old, when he was introduced to the BLISS language. Right now he writes poetry and wins prizes.
 
Awards: NIEPOKALANOW (Poland) The 2nd prize & SIGNIS prize; MALESCORTO (Italy) Special mention; ETNOFILM - (Cadca/Slovakia) 3rd prize; EKOTOPFILM (Bratislava/Slovakia) - Prize of the International Jury; Oczy Otwarte - (Warsaw /Poland) - 1st prize & special prize of the Jury; Film Festival "Breaking Down Barriers" (Moscow) - 1st prize/short documentary; Siena (Italy)- 1st prize/documentary; Cztowiek w zagrozeniu (Lodz/Poland) - Prize of Ava Studio; SMOFI (Kracow /Poland) - Gold Smofi & special mention; Picture this (Calgary /Canada) - Prize for documentary; 4th International Documentary Film Festival (Stockholm/Sweden) - Bronze Diploma; The Hugo Awards (Chicago/USA) - Silver Plaque;

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    The Ability Trek
 
Documentary, 55min
United Kingdom, 1998
Director: Fil Baker e Jacob Baldwin
Producer: Martin Guinness
  The Ability Trek    
 
Although born with cerebral palsy, Jacob Baldwin has never believed in the term disabled. So he set out on "The AbilityTrek" - four and a half years around Australia at eight kilometers per hour in an electric wheelchair. This film celebrates that journey in an uplifting and records the adventures, loves and dramas of the trek.
 

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    School for One and All
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 26min
EspaçadorRussia, 2005
EspaçadorDirector: Andrey Stankevich
EspaçadorProducer: Andrey Stankevich
  School for One and All    
 
A documentary about the problem of access to education for disabled children in Russia and the interaction between disabled and non-disabled children in an inclusive school.
 

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    The Epidemic - Epidemien
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 51min
EspaçadorDenmark, 2001
EspaçadorDirector: Niels Frandsen
EspaçadorProducer: Niels Frandsen
  The Epidemic    
 
In the 1950s a polio epidemic raged. Thousands of people caught the disease in a few months, most of them children. The film director Niels Frandsen was one year old when his hips and legs were affected. In this poetic film essay he returns to the fateful period that he cannot remember, but will never forget. His parents, his sister and archive footage help him to furnish words and images for a personal account that is also a historical record.
 
Awards: GRAND PRIX at Odense International Filmfestival, Denmark 2001; Awarded by PTU 2001; Prize winner at Badajoz Int. Filmfestival, Spain 2002; First Prize and Jury Special Award at Cordoba Int. Filmfestival, Argentina 2003.

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    Outside/Inside
 
EspaçadorDocumentary, 6min
EspaçadorUSA, 2002
EspaçadorDirector: Nick Pentzell
  Outside/Inside    
 
Outer appearance is not an accurate expression of self. A man, disabled by autism and muteness, shares his inner depth. Experimenting with camera interaction, storyboarding, and editing, Nick Pentzell's creative vision was facilitated by Gwen Waltz, enabling him to develop a highly original way of introducing the viewer to the frustrations of muteness.
 
Awards: 2005 Picture This Film Festival - Documentary Award to a Filmmaker with a Disability; 2004 Superfest - Achievement Award and Spirit Award.

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    From Grief to Struggle - Do Luto à Luta
 
Documentary, 76min
Brazil, 2004
Director: Evaldo Mocarzel
Producer: Circuito Espaço de Cinema e Casa Azul Produções
  From Grief to Struggle    
 
This feature film focuses on disabilities and potentialities of people with Down´s Syndrome, showing that solutions for their inclusion in society are easier than we usually imagine. It presents in a creative way many cases of success and inclusion in the job market.
 
Awards: Grande vencedor do festival Cine PE 2005 nas categorias Melhor Filme, Melhor Documentary, Direção, Fotografia, Montagem, Prêmio da Crítica/Imprensa Especializada e Prêmio Especial do Júri Popular.

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