Monique is a young woman from Bahia who at 16 founded Desabafo Social, a collective learning platform with the primary mission of educating youth about human rights through a variety of methods. She organizes workshops, debates, literature circles and film screenings in various communities to teach people about their rights. Only four years after she founded Desabafo Social, the organization established bases in seven different Brazilian states and actively involves youth in social movements throughout the country. As the organization continues to grow, Monique puts all of her limited money into Desabafo Social while still residing in one of the most dangerous slums in Bahia. Despite socio-economic challenges, Monique is now considered one of the 10 most influential black women on the Brazilian Internet.

This film tells Monique’s story over a two-year period, showcasing her strength and determination when faced with the great everyday struggles that define Brazilian poverty.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Carolina Moraes-Liu (director/producer) is an award-winning producer who has worked on documentaries and television shows for over 10 years. Her most recent film, The Victor Frost Ordinance, tells the story of a panhandler from the affluent city of Palo Alto, California, who is targeted by an expansion of a city ordinance designed to drive him out of the location from where he has panhandled for over a decade. Carolina also produced, directed and edited Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê, a film that won the Corazon Award for best short documentary at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and the Best Diaspora Film Award at the San Diego Black Film Festival; the film was a finalist at the HBO NALIP Documentary Award and was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. Carolina is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, where she has served as a judge for the local Emmy Awards. Carolina was born in Bahia, Brazil, and holds a Master's degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University.
Film Details

FSP 1552