Director: Cássio Pereira dos Santos
Brazil | 2020 | Portuguese with English subtitles | 95 min | Rated PG

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Trans teen Valentina moves with her mother to a small town in the countryside of Brazil to get a fresh start. To avoid being bullied in her new school, Valentina tries to enrol under her chosen name, but she and her mother quickly face dilemmas when the local public high school insists on a second parental signature for enrolment. Tracking down her absent father is near impossible, and time is running out. Valentina is a reflection of the real-life hardships that society forces a strong young woman to endure in order to live her life as who she is without question.

Grand Jury Award for Best Performance (Thiessa Woinbackk) – OutFestLA

Audience Favorite Narrative Feature and Jury Best Narrative Feature – Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival

Our research led us to the reality that 80% of Brazilian transgender students drop out of school because of the social boycott they face. It never ends there… This is a huge social issue in Brazil.” – Director Cássio Pereira dos Santos

Valentina, uma menina trans de 17 anos de idade, muda-se para uma pequena cidade mineira com sua mãe, Márcia, para um recomeço. 

Com receio de ser intimidada na nova escola, a garota busca mais privacidade e tenta se matricular com seu novo nome. No entanto, a menina e a mãe começam a enfrentar dilemas quando a escola pública local começa a exigir, de forma injusta, a assinatura do pai ausente para realizar a matrícula. 

Apresentando a estreia no cinema da atriz e youtuber trans Thiessa Woinbackk, Valentina é um reflexo dos obstáculos que a sociedade obriga uma jovem mulher a superar, a fim de abraçar quem ela realmente é.

Born in 1980 in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Cássio studied filmmaking at University of Brasília, where he directed fictional and documentary projects. After finishing film school in 2003, he’s written and directed eight shorts films, among them The Scarecrow Girl and Marina’s Ocean. His works have screened at many international festivals, such as the Aspen ShortsFest, Mostra Internacional de São Paulo, Hamburg Short Film Festival, Fribourg Int’l Film Festival (Switzerland), Palm Springs ShortFest, Tokyo Short Shorts, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF.Kids), Chicago Int’l Children’s Film Festival, Sapporo Short Fest, Prix Jeuneusse International, Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes (6 films, 6 editions), Brasília Film Festival and more. His films have received over 50 awards. Valentina is his feature debut as a director.