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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 : 

Born in 1989 in Madrid, Matthieu Foucher is studying between 2013 and 2015 for a Master's degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where he specialises in Cultural Analysis and Queer Studies. During his studies, he co-directed The Coming University, a short documentary on the occupation of the University of Amsterdam in 2015. He has been working for several years in the media sector as a programme development officer, author and director for television and later as a multimedia journalist. Eager to free himself from the shackles of journalism and to assert himself as a director, he followed an internship in 2020 in Varan during which he directed Nos nuits saturnides, a short documentary about the opening of the Œil, a queer club located in the centre of Paris. Translated with (free version).

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)