What I’ve never lost
What I’ve never lost
The film tells the story of Alzira E, a pioneer artist from a small town close to the Brazilian Pantanal and the Paraguayan border, one of the country’s most conservative and patriarchal places. She has broken barriers all her life and becomes a reference in the urban and underground scene of São Paulo to where she migrated by herself as a young mother of 5 children. In this turnaround, she made a solid career as an instrumentalist and songwriter. Alzira E, a 63 years old rock band leader, a woman ahead of her time. Memory and images move along in a documentary that looks into 40 years of musical experimentation through cinema. The film tells a life story through a collage of archival and video art images that follow the timing of an intriguing montage.
Going Deeper: Alzira E, the story’s main character, comes from the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. The region is portrayed in the film in both archive and contemporary images, and was devastated in 2020 due to the current government of Brazil. Alzira E is known as a genius musician by important names in Brazilian music. Nevertheless, she is not yet part of the mainstream. Brazil is a country in which only 18% of national films released commercially are directed by women. “What I’ve never lost” is directed and produced by Brazilian women.
"What I've never lost" is the second feature film of Brazilian director Marina Thomé. Marina works as a director and researcher for multimedia platforms and experiments with portraits, archives, and soundscapes. Her films have been presented in festivals in France, USA, Portugal, Spain, and elsewhere, including the Margaret Mead Film Festival (NY), Festival Biarritz Latin America (FR) and MiradasDoc (ESP). Marina holds masters degrees in Creative Documentary (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and in Communication, Art & Technology (Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo). She studied photojournalism and storytelling at the International Center of Photography (New York) and has taught multiplatform storytelling at art institutions in Brazil, Portugal, and Spain. Website: www.marinathome.com.br Marina’s recent productions include: - "What I've Never Lost" (86' | 2021), presented in festivals such as 22º BAFICI - Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (Argentina), 61º Krakow Film Festival (Poland), 13º IN-EDIT Brasil (Jury Prize for Best Documentary - June, 2021), 16ª CINEOP - Mostra de Cinema de Ouro Preto (Brazil) and SANFIC - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Santiago (Chile - August, 2021). - “The Dual Nature of Light” a transmedia project in development which won the Biarritz Amerique Latine Film Festival pitching to participate in the Lizières Residency (France, 2019). - “The Sound of Bells” (70’ | 2017), presented in festivals like 27° Festival Biarritz Latin America (France, 2017), 42º Margaret Mead Film Festival (USA, 2018), 17° Boston Latino International Film Festival (USA, 2018), 48° Visions du Réel (Media Library | Switzerland, 2017). - “GARY” (10’ | 2017), presented in festivals such as 24° International Independent Film Festival (Poland, 2017), 11° Uruguay International Documentary Film Festival - Atlantidoc (Uruguay - Atlántida, 2017), 12° International Documentary Film Festival - MiradasDoc, Official Selection (Spain, 2018), 8° Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, Official Selection (Brooklyn - USA, 2018), 8º Curtas em Flagrante (Portugal, 2018), 6° Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Medellín (Colômbia, 2018), 27° Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema (Brasil, 2017) - “Realm of The Bell Towers” (45’ | 2015), interactive documentary produced in Brazil, presented in MIDBO - Expanded Documentary (Colômbia) and winner of the Best Transmedia Project of V Muestra de Antropología Audiovisual de Madrid (Spain) - "Las Sombras del Progreso" (60’ | 2012), first interactive documentary produced in Spain, selected for the festivals L'interDocsBarcelona and L'Alternativa 2012. Produced by Master in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary at the UAB.
Alzira E, Ney Matogrosso, Tetê Espíndola, Almir Sater, Itamar Assumpção, Alice Ruiz
Color: Samanta do Amaral; Sound: Simone Alves, Ricardo Zollner, Ariel Henrique