Vagner de Almeida
|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.
Janaína Dutra - Uma Dama de Ferro
A Film by Vagner de Almeida
Produced by GRAB - Grupo Resistência Asa Branca
Premiere May 12, 2011
MÁSCARAS / MASK
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.
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
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.
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
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
Director: Vagner de Almeida
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.
Borboletas da Vida -The Butterflies
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
IASSAC, Hanoi - Vietnã - April 2009
More than 200 presentations including public schools, International and National Universities, NGOs and Film Festivals - 2010
Local Impacts of Religious Discourses on Rights to Express
Same-Sex Sexual Desires in Peri-Urban Rio de Janeiro (PDF)
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),
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