Vagner de Almeida

Borboletas Basta Um Dia Escola Sexualidade Encontro HSH Sou Mulher Máscaras Beneath the Equator Ritos e Ditos Cabaret Prevenção Janaina Films Directed & Written

Nominated for 2008 Human Rights Award by Brazilian Government



Exhibition Homosexualities, Feminisms, Racism, Education and Violence

This exhibition presents this film from 1994 to 2011 jobs that were created and directed by director Vagner de Almeida, these productions that bring the debate gender, sexuality, health and human rights.

Several films directed and produced by this director were awarded, including awards for Citizenship and Respect for Sexual Diversity.





Janaína Dutra - Uma Dama de Ferro

A Film by Vagner de Almeida

Produced by GRAB - Grupo Resistência Asa Branca

Premiere May 12, 2011



premiere 2011

A film by Vagner de Almeida

During a workshop to create masks at the offices of ABIA, young gay men living with HIV/AIDS share experiences among themselves. More than covering up what lies beneath, the preparation of the masks opens up a game of revelations in which issues such as safe sex, family, stigma, drug use, relationships and marriage are discussed without shame by those who live in their own skin the challenges posed by homosexuality, HIV/AIDS and the health system. Through the voices of its protagonists, this documentary film breaks the silence surrounding a number of greatest taboos related to living with HIV/AIDS. It aims to stimulate reflection and debate, as well as solidarity, with and among people living with HIV/AIDS and all those affected by the epidemic.

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sponsored by:RioHomoABIA

Sou Mulher, Sou Brasileira, Sou Lésbica 

filmed and directed by Vagner de Almeida

"Sou Mulher, Sou Brasileira, Sou Lésbica / I am Woman, I'm Brazilian, I'm a Lesbian": Documentary dealing with the life of Brazilian women and their fighting homophobia in society and racist. These women still live in the margins of society and need much strength and courage to solve the problems of daily life. The strength of this documentary film is in the statements, the voices of these women, beautiful, strong, powerful, honest, warriors, mothers, daughters, aunts, grandparents, lovers, partners ... They show us all, what it is to be a lesbian in Brazil. They teach us about the discrimination and the challenges they must face to build lives of dignity and courage in a society full of stigma and intolerance. National premiere in January 2010 in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Festivals and Awards

Cape Free Prize Respect for Diversity. 7 th Meeting of Cape Free Culture LGBT Cabo Frio-Teatro Municipal de Cabo Frio. A tribute to the Group Cape Free persons, organizations and initiatives that contribute to the eradication of homophobia.
September 02, 2010 Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

August 28 to September 1, 2010 - For Rainbow Film Festival - Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil

23 to August 26, 2010 - 9th International Seminar on Doing Gender: Diasporas, Diversity, Displacement - Shows Audiovisual - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Florianopolis, Santa Catarina

August 20, 2010 - Lesbian's Day Group Cabo Free, Cabo Frio - Rio de Janeiro

May 2010 - Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim - Ipamena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 2010 - CEDIM - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

January 2010 - Cinema Nosso - Lapa - Rio de Janeiro




Premiere 2008
Núcleo de Estudos para Prevenção da AIDS - NEPAIDS – USP, São Paulo; Cine Corsa, São Paulo

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Sexualidade e Crimes de Ódio - Sexuality and Hate Crimes

“Sexuality and Hate Crimes” is the first alternative documentary film produced by Director Vagner de Almeida and Richard Parker. 

This documentary seeks protest in the name of brutalities committed against homosexuals in Brazil. The hate crimes come from different segments of society for the director, the Catholic Church and radical evangelical groups are co-responsible for the rising intolerance, when they actively engage against the civil rights of non-heterosexuals. In a society dominated by machos, religious, and moralist values against the LGBTT communities, the absence of rights has already lead to the deaths of thousands of Brazilian citizens.

From the beginning of this series of films about metropolitan Rio de Janeiro, various protagonists from the films have been barbarically murdered by people who still have their liberties, still assassinating other in the homosexual communities with impunity.

In this country, in the first months of 2008 there were 45 homicides against gays registered.  It is a year of homophobic violence, which worries us because the represent only the cases registered officially in police stations or in hospitals. Many of the afflicted are unrecognizable after death and mutilation.  They are murdered merely because they are gays, lesbians or transsexuals.  This film is a cry against this intolerance, which is dedicated to all of those who were brutally muFrdered in Brazil and worldwide. 

Festivals and Events
II For Rainbow - Festival de Cinema da Diversidade Sexual, Fortaleza, Ceára - 2008
1º Búzios Free October 2008
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, November 2008
University of Texas at Austin - USA - March 2009
PAM 13 de Maio , Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - March 2009
IASSAC, Hanoi - Vietnã - April 2009
Semana de Homofobia - Fortaleza, Ceará - Brasil - May 2009

Basta Um Dia - Living Day by Day

Director: Vagner de Almeida

The documentary film, “Living Day By Day” depicts the lives of Brazilians who, with both courage and fear, strive to survive (many times without success) the harsh and violent reality that they experience in daily life. They are transgender individuals, homosexuals, ‘fags’, ‘queer boys’, gays, all residing in the Fluminense Valley, where they confront prejudice, violent aggression, and social (and sometimes physical) death along the margins of the Presidente Dutra highway – the main connection between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, two of the largest and wealthiest metropolises in Brazil.

The film seeks to capture the complicated negotiation and movement between life and its finitude, hope and desperation, pain and resistance, disbelief and reaction – around which these people are obligated to organize their individual and collective lives.

“Living Day By Day” tells the story of these human beings as they experience brutal massacres, murders, and violence of all types to which they are subjected. And it portrays situations of exclusion and abandonment that marginalized people must face in the hands of dominant social powers.

More than denouncing the impunity of these hate crimes against transgender, homosexuals, gays, and other non-heterosexuals, this documentary tries to bring together the collective voice of resistance of all who struggle for citizenship and for the affirmation of life as supreme and universal.

Festivals and Awards
New Zealand's "Out Takes" Film Festival - May 2007
I For Rainbow Filme Festival de Fortaleza, Brazil - July 2007
Fortaleza photo gallery

Cinema Mostra AIDS - Paraíba - October 2007
MixBrasil: Special Human Rights - November, December 2007
New York City Premiere: Columbia University - December 2007
I Conferência Estadual de Políticas Públicas para GLBT – Rio – May 2008
MSMGF’s Invisible Men Preconference Event in Mexico City 2008 (more)
XVII International AIDS Conference – August, 2008 – México
Centro Cultural da Justiça: Cinema Mostra Aids, Rio de Janeiro - September 2008
IASSAC, Hanoi - Vietnã - April 2009

2009: The GLBT Pride Parade Association of São Paulo created, nine years ago, the "Citizenship and Respect for Diversity Prize" in order to honor the most significant facts for the Brazilian LGBT community in relation to the political, social and cultural scene.  This year, we are pleased to confer the prize in the category "Documentary", to the documentary film Bast um Dia (Living Day by Day), in recognition of its commitment to the struggle against homophobia and it uncovering and denouncing homphobic crimes suffered by the most impoverished LGBT people. - Photo Gallery -

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Borboletas de Vida

The film “The Butterflies” unveils the reality of homosexual youths in the outskirts of metropolitan cities, suffering from the effects of poverty and misery, without compromising their dignity and their creativity. Homosexuals, drag-queens: the real Brazilian Butterflies… They carry the “Woman in the Bag”, experimenting with the possibilities and pushing the limits of gender and sexuality, and they face discrimination with force, courage, and determination… They fight for the right of difference, and they demand, in diverse ways, that their difference is respected. In this film, we have brave people that Brazilian television does not show.

Notes from the Production

Borboletas da Vida -The Butterflies

Festivals and Awards
2005 Best Documentary in the New York Brazilian Film Festival - USA

2006 Citizenship in Respect for Diversity Prize, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade, São Paulo, Brazil

2006 Commendation - A Day for Diversity and Against Discrimination - ALERJ - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

August 15 & 16, 2006 - Screening at Toronto: AIDS 2006 XVI International AIDS Conference

May 2007 - New Zealand's "Out Takes" Film Festival

September 2008 - Centro Cultural da Justiça: Cinema Mostra Aids
Rio de Janeiro

IASSAC, Hanoi - Vietnã - April 2009

More than 200 presentations including public schools, International and National Universities, NGOs and Film Festivals - 2010

Art, Sexuality and Diversity

Theater and AIDS

Sexuality, Diversity and Human Rights

Local Impacts of Religious Discourses on Rights to Express
Same-Sex Sexual Desires in Peri-Urban Rio de Janeiro

Films Directed & Written by Vagner de Almeida


Biography and Filmography

Vagner J. B. de Almeida is currently a Staff Associate in the Program on Gender, Sexuality and Sexual Health in Latino Communities and Cultures in the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. I am also Project Coordinator (Youth & Sexual Diversity) at Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association - ABIA - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, activist, writer, theatre director, actor, theatre critic, and vídeo director. My work has focused on the social and cultural construction of gender and sexuality, the social aspect of HIV/AIDS, and the relationship between social inequality, health and disease... more

Selected publications: "Cabaret Prevenção" [Prevention Cabaret] (ABIA 1997), "Ritos e Ditos de Jovens Gays" [Rites and Sayings of Gay Youth] (ABIA 2002), "Juventude e Homossexualidade: O que os pais Precisam Saber" [Youth and Homosexuality: What the Parents Need to know] (ABIA 2002), "Homossexualidade: Produção Cultural, Cidadania e Saúde" (ABIA 2004), Photo Cover "Aceite a Diversidade"published in (APHA) American Journal of Public Health (APHA 2005)

My major Theatre productions: "Adeus Irmão Durma Sossegado" [Good Bye My Friend Sleep Well] (1989), "Estou Vivo" [I am Alive] (1991), "Os Desgraçados" [The Miserables] (1993), "Cabaret Prevenção" [Prevention Cabaret] (1997), "Cenas de um Casamento" [The Wedding Scene] (2000).

My major video productions: "Cabaret Prevenção" [Prevention Cabaret] (1996), PSI - Population Service International (1996), New York University "Live Show", "Catch The Rain", "Gay Marriage", "Voodu Culture - National History Museum, NY ", "Where You Are, Don't Forget Me!" (1998), "Ritos e Ditos de Jovens Gays" [Rites and Saying of Gay Youth] (2001/02), "BLSC - Going Beaneth the Equator" (2003/04), "Key Francis The oldest Transvestite in Brazil"- She died on April 13th, 2005 (2002/2003), "Borboletas da Vida" [The Butterflies] (2004/05), "Basta Um Dia" [Living Day by Day] (2006), "Escola Sem Homofobia" (2006), “Sexuality and Hate Crimes” (2008), "I Encontro Nacional Jovens Gays e Outros HSH" (2010), "Damas de Ferro" (2010),


Curriculum Vitae

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