Joana Oliveira | Documentary

2021 | 80 minutes | Brazil, Uganda

It’s the first time Brazilian Joana visits her friend Kevin in Uganda after a 20-year friendship as students. A film about friendship between two women — different, and the same.


It’s the first time that Joana, a Brazilian woman, visits her friend Kevin in Uganda. They became friends 20 years ago while studying in Germany and they haven’t seen each other in a long time. A film about a friendship between two women — completely different — and essentially the same.


“Considering the current context, in which racial issues are in evidence in contemporary cinema, Joana Oliveira proposes to dilute them through the affection between the two protagonists of the film. The friendship between the two women is beyond these issues, although they are present, and as we see throughout the film, both Kevin and Joana are aware of them. Whether it’s in the conversations about motherhood and abortion, about aging body and mind, there is the companionship of friendship that overcomes racial tensions.” – R.C., GENTLE AZAFÁMA

“The triangulation between the countries in question, Brazil, Uganda and Germany (where the two met) is interesting. On the one hand, a mostly white European and Christian country, responsible for the colonization of African countries (especially Namibia and Tanzania) and today living the social, political and racial difficulties of the most recent waves of migration; on the other hand, a mostly black country, which suffered colonization from England and is currently passing through a complicated political context of a dictator supported by Western forces; and Brazil, whose myth of peaceful miscegenation still dominates the imaginary to sustain the ruling of the white elite and the structural perpetuation of racism over other ethnicities in the country. In the midst of this triangulation created by Kevin and Joana’s relationship, perhaps lies the intersectionality possible in the friendship between a white Latin woman and a black African woman in a global context of imperialism and colonization.” – R.C., Gentle Azafáma

Main credits

Oliveira, Joana (screenwriter)
Oliveira, Joana (film director)
Oliveira, Joana (film producer)
Oliveira, Joana (actor)
Barile, Laura (screenwriter)
Melgaço, Luana (film producer)
Adweko, Kevin (actor)

Other credits

Cinematographer, Cristina Maure; editing, Clarissa Campolina; music, Thaís de Campos.

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Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes; Montreal International Film Festival; Miradas Doc International Film Festival; Frauen Film Fest Germany

DIRECTOR: Joana Oliveira

NATIONALITY: Brazil, Uganda

YEAR: 2021

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Portuguese; English; German

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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