Your Turn

“Schools teach nothing about social movements. Schools don’t promote debate on how to question or how to transform society. And I don’t think it’s random. The thing is, they teach us that organizing ourselves is not the way, that it’s even a crime…”says Marcela; a high-school activist and continues: “How many lessons are devoted to the dozens of revolts and revolutions in Brazil’s history? Just imagine if we were taught about pacifist resistance, black blocs, revolutions, freedoms, revolts, and our people’s political fight…’

Your Turn chronicles the story of the student movement and its intersection with feminist, LGBTQ+, and anti-racist struggles through the shared voices of students, setting the narrative within the context of broader historical events in Brazil. Inspired by the collective voice of the movement, the documentary is narrated by three high-school students, who represent the central points of the student struggle. Eliza Capai directs her camera this time at one of the most chaotic periods in the history of Brazil, leading us from the São Paulo protests through to high-school occupations triggered by austerity policies, and from the impeachment of Brazil’s only woman president, Dilma Rousseff, a former guerilla tortured during the military dictatorship, through to the election of Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right populist and vocal admirer of Dilma’s torturer and the military dictatorship. In so doing, the director asks the question: “What happened in Brazil? How did we get (back) to this point?”


Eliza Reach

Eliza Reach

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