The Summer of Gods is a short film about a young girl named Lili who unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. During her stay, she encounters Orishas (African gods) who help her find peace with a gift that has previously vexed her.
This film is currently at the production stage. It's a narrative documentary that will feature the stories of Afro-descendant women living in Brazil, Cuba and the USA. It will show how these women deal with issues of race, gender and identity, while looking at the retentions of West African traditions in these countries and, in particular, at the myths of the Yoruba deity, Oshun, as a source of inspiration in the lives of these women.
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Oshun Women - Clip
Writer, Vanda Machado, Salvador - Bahia
Photos by Chico Soares
Yalorixá Mariá Kecy, Cachoeira - Bahia
On the Day Matthew was Born
On The Day Matthew Was Born is a short narrative shot in 35mm. The film explores the life of a young musician, Betinho (Romero Mateus) living in a slum in Northeast Brazil. Betinho is adored by his entire community. On the day his son is born, he is surprised by an event that changes everyone's life.
On The Day Matthew Was Born
Hip-Hip in 7 Lives
Hip-Hop in 7 Lives is a documentary that features the lives of seven hip-hop artists living in the slums of Brazil, who are using their art to emancipate themselves and their communities. They are rappers, Djs, break dancers and a graffiti artist. For these artists, hip-hop is a way to fight social problems in Brazil.
Hip-Hop in Seven Lives
These videos are a few samples of the work Nascimento has done as a freelancer video producer for the San Francisco based video production company Big Wonderful Inc. as well as some of the work she did as an in-house video producer for SurveyMonkey locally and internationally. In these projects she worked in different capacity as video producer, cinematographer and editor.