A Mother’s Calling

(documentary – 80’, 2017)

Script and Direction: Carol Benjamin

Editing: Isabel Castro

Cinematography: Mauro Pinheiro Jr.

Researchers: Julia Benjamin and Julia Franceschini

Script consultancy: Daniela Capelato

Marcelo Gomes and Miguel Machalski,

Editing consultancy: Karen Harley and Idê Lacreta

Executive production: Danielle Villanova and 

Maria Flor Brazil

Production: Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal and

Rita Toledo

Production Company: Daza Filmes

Synopsis: Iramaya Benjamin was married to an Army Colonel until her two sons joined the clandestinas guerrilla against the Military Dictatorship in Brazil. Her youngest son César’s case – arrested at the age of 17 and kept isolated in solitary cofinenment for 3,5 years – forced Iramaya to engage on a political struggle and lead an intense campaign that culminated in the foundation of the Brazilian Committee for Amnesty. Known now as the “Mother of Amnesty” in Brazil, Iramaya experienced a deep personal crisis after democracy was restored and her life returned to normal after 10 years of fight. the documentary is the search of her granddaughter, Carol, who found a box full of intimate letters written by Iramaya throughout 36 years (1972-2008).

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

. Selected for the Pitching Documental of DocMontevideo 2015,

with consultancy of Koen Suidgeest and Marta Andreu

. Selected for the Doculab Rough Cut Lab at Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017