A co-production with the internationally renowned artist and human rights activist Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, this is a documentary about the homeless children living in the street in Brazil. Yvonne fights to better the lives of these abandoned children and founded the project ‘Children of Light,’ committed to the education and protection of abandoned children on the streets of Rio. The film interacts with Yvonne and the homeless children and discusses the powers for social change. While encountering the unfamiliar, an event takes place and the puts them in face with their problems. In this Yvonne and the street children, Yvonne and the director, the street children and the film meet. To break through these problems, one must have a long-term vision and endure the process, because in order to change society, you are required to fight against deeply rooted beliefs and change them. The last part of this process is for those who are alienated to love themselves and grow their own strength to find empowerment. Yvonne notes that the artist has a responsibility to address social issues. The film also discusses the similarity between a rock and the homeless children – while you might not know what they’ll end up as, they all have their own inner value and content. Yvonne talks about art and social activism from the same perspective; that is, she is a woman who lives consistently with the manifestation of that inner subject. Therefore, this story is also a message by the director about art and life. [CHAE Heesuk]
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Monika TREUTMonika TREUT
Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1954, Monika TREUT completed a PhD in literature at Marburg in 1982. She began working with video in 1976 and founded Hyena Films with ElfiMikesch in 1984. She has directed many award-winning films about feminism, gender, sexuality and human rights in countries including the USA, Brazil and Taiwan. After her 1991 comedy My Father Is Coming, she made a series of documentaries including The Raw and the Cooked which screened in the Culinary Cinema in 2012; Zona Norte screened in the Panorama in 2016. In 2017 she received a Teddy Award for her lifetime achievement.