2022 | Brazil | Documentary

Swing and Sway (Vai e Vem)

  • Portuguese English 82 mins
  • Director | Fernanda Pessoa, Chica Barbosa

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Two filmmakers – one in Brazil, the other in the US – send each other video letters, each inspired by a woman experimental filmmaker, over the course of one year.

Chica and Fernanda conduct an interesting cinematic experiment. From Brazil to the US, where Chica has recently arrived as a migrant, they exchange video letters and they have one rule: each letter will be inspired formally and thematically by the work of a different female experimental filmmaker. As the year progresses, they address elections in both countries, personal fears, the experience of migration and the idea of motherhood. The inherent violence of the Trump and Bolsonaro administrations is felt through the letters, but also the presence and inspiration of the women who surround and inspire them.