I Owe You a Letter About Brazil

Documentary – 80’, 2018

Script and Direction: Carol Benjamin

Editing: Isabel Castro

Cinematography: Mauro Pinheiro Jr.

Research: Julia Benjamin and Julia Franceschini

Script Consultancy: Daniela Capelato, Marcelo Gomes, Miguel Machalski, Flávia Castro and João Moreira Salles

Editing Consultancy: Karen Harley

Executive Production: Danielle Villanova and Maria Flor Brazil

A production by Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal and Rita Toledo

Production Company: Daza Filmes

Coproduction: Muiraquitã e Videofilmes 

Iramaya was a quiet housewife, married to an Army Colonel, when the illegal arrestment of her youngest son Cesar by the Brazilian Military Dictatorship forced her to transform her peaceful daily routine and fight for her son’s freedom. Later, as a founder member of the Brazilian Committee for Amnesty, Iramaya became a sort of “Mother Courage” icon, as she told and retold her stories of struggle. After her passing, her granddaughter Carol found a box of intimate letters written by her to a Swedish friend for 36 years. The letters revealed hidden conflicts, and Carol started a search for her family’s past.

. Awarded by the 2nd edition of Stories that Remains Program from the Brazilian Steel Company Foundation

. Selected for:

Rough Cut Lab do Festival Visions du Réel (Suíça, 2018). 

Puerto Lab IV – Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena das Índias (Colômbia, 2018).

ChileDoc Conecta 2017.

Pitching Documental do DocMontevideo 2015 com consultoria de Koen Suidgeest e Marta Andreu. 

Pitching Documental of DocMontevideo 2015, with consultancy of Koen Suidgeest and Marta Andreu

Doculab Rough Cut Lab at Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017.

the 8th Brasil Cinemundi, a coproduction forum organized by Mostra Cine BH 2017.