I Will Never Be the Same
Nunca mais serai a mesma

Director: Alice Lanari
Brazil | 2021 | Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles | 89 min

Join us during the festival for a conversation via VLAFF’s FACEBOOK LIVE with director Alice Lanari and the 2022 Youth Jury.
Thursday Aug 25 11:00 PT

Screening will be held in-person at The Cinematheque on Wednesday, Aug 31 at 5:00pm.

View ONLINE (from anywhere in Canada): August 25 – September 4 (extended to September 11!!)

Content warning: Discussion of sexual assault, abuse, and feminicide.

Fátima, Brandy, Ana, and Cecilia have never met, but their stories carry parallel truths about gender-based violence in Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, and Argentina. Through an empowering lens, the film honours their struggles and resilience. Stories that, with all their contrasts, dialogue and rhyme with one another.

Fátima, Brandy, Ana e Cecilia nunca se conheceram, mas suas histórias sim. Elas têm idades, origens e cores de pele diferentes, mas todas são mulheres latino-americanas que foram afetadas pela violência. “I Will Never Be The Same” é um longa-metragem documental que aborda histórias de vulnerabilidade e força vividas no México, Honduras, Brasil e Argentina. Histórias que, com todos os seus contrastes, dialogam e rimam entre si.


Alice Lanari premiered her first documentary in 2018, the feature film Latin Wars (co-directed with Pedro Asbeg) at the 51st Brasilia Festival. Since then, the film has circulated to over 20 festivals around the world, including the 40th Havana Festival and the 13th DOCSMX, where it received an Honourable Mention. She has worked as assistant director on over a dozen feature films, including the documentary Juízo by Maria Augusta Ramos. She also directed the short documentary Escuta, gajon.

Since 2013 she has been a partner of the Rio de Janeiro-based production company Gaivota Studio, where she develops and directs the TV series “Mo.Ch.I.L.A” and produced the feature documentary Termodielétrico. She is associate producer of The Edge of Democracy, a Netflix original directed by Petra Costa and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2020. She spent six years living between Argentina and Mexico and today lives in Brasilia/Brazil, where she just set up Tantas, an enterprise of audiovisual content focused on female narratives. I Will Never Be the Same is her second documentary feature film.