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
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).
with consultancy of Koen Suidgeest and Marta Andreu
. Selected for the Doculab Rough Cut Lab at Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017