Rio Doce Sweet River

by Fellipe Fernandes

Next Step 2016


Feature Film

Fellipe’s first feature project, Rio Doce, is a depiction of four siblings trying to cope after the suicide of their father, Augusto, a renowned socialist activist who was tortured during the military regime. Pedro and his two sisters discover the existence of Ana, a secret child their father had with a housemaid. She’s a young Black activist whose presence and political involvement resonate directly with their own particular conflicts. Throughout this family’s story and the transformation of Recife, torn between the new building programmes and old neighbourhoods that help it retain its soul, Fellipe hopes to create an emotional, political and social map, giving the audience a chance to experiment with space.