A Mother’s Calling
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
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.