Director : Marcelo Díaz

Country of origin : Brazil

Runtime : 01:19:45

Project time : Documentary

Language : Portuguese with French or English subtitles

Maria Luiza is the first transgender in the Brazilian armed forces. 

After 22 years of work, she retired due to a disability. 

The film examines her motivations for not being able to wear the female uniform and her trajectory of affirmation as a transgender, military and Catholic woman.

Director's note - Marcelo Díaz : 

Brazilian award-winning filmmaker based in Brasilia/Brazil, who seeks to produce films as a means of transformation.

Has directed and produced documentaries and fiction short films screened in more than 60 festivals around the world and in TV channels.

MARIA LUIZA is her first feature film. Selected by DOCMontevideo Meetings 2018, LAB DOC IMPACTO 2018 (São Paulo), DOCSP Market 2018

Films : 

  • The Rising Valley (2016 - public TVs) 

  • Restrutural (2014, doc TV Camara)

  • Desdobráveis (2013, Best Script, CineMube / Sao Paulo; more than 20 festivals in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Sweden, USA)

  • Galeno, A Crafty Boy (2010, DOCTV)

  • Oficina Perdiz (2016, Best Short Film from Brasilia to Braiília FF; Audience Award, Short Film FF Sao Paulo; Best Doc at Fest Sao Carlos; more than 30 festivals such as Habana, Milano, Sydney Latin American, Brazilian FF Miami and Toronto, Gramado , Tiradentes, Cine Ceará)