Blooming on the Asphalt

(Germinio pétalas no asfalto)
Coraci Ruiz, Julio Matos | Documentary

2022 | 79 minutes | Brazil

A vibrant and inspiring documentary that captures the resilience and strength of queer Brazilian youth.


As Jack starts his gender transition process, Brazil is plunged into a wave of extreme conservatism. For five years, we follow the transformations in both his life and in Brazil, as the LGBTQI+ community are challenged by an ultra-right-wing government and a devastating pandemic.

This intimate portrayal of Jack and his friends reveals a tender network of affection and solidarity that flourishes in the midst of adversity. Blooming on the Asphalt is a beautiful, vibrant documentary that captures the resilience and strength of queer Brazilian youth.

Main credits

Ruiz, Coraci (film director)
Ruiz, Coraci (screenwriter)
Ruiz, Coraci (film producer)
Matos, Julio (film director)
Matos, Julio (screenwriter)
Matos, Julio (film producer)
Fagá, Luiza (screenwriter)
Romero, Hidalgo (film producer)
Celeste, Jack (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Cinematography, Coraci Ruiz; editor, Luiza Fagá; music, Malka Julieta, Tuca Freitas.

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International Film Festival of La Paz - Best Documentary Feature; Festival Mix Brazil - Honorable Mention; Vancouver Queer Film Festival; Queer Film & Art Fest UK; Lovers Film Festival Italy

DIRECTOR: Coraci Ruiz, Julio Matos


YEAR: 2022

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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