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Sexual and emotional abuse changes children´s lives forever.

It is 1999, and on dark and deserted roads in Brazil,
a group of teenagers are living a life marked by sexual exploitation.

Seventeen years later, Renata and Celia,
who gave support to these girls at the time, start a quest to find them.

On the limits of survival, destinies intertwine.Their paths will cross once again.


Renata and Celia followed the lives of eight girls that suffered all sorts of violence. Social exclusion, emotional and sexual abuse led these girls to the streets and to prostitution - a condition that changed their lives forever.


Renata rediscovers cassete tapes containing original interviews with the girls and is overwhelmed by memories. Their voices, unheard and silenced for many years, will finally be heard.


This film will tell stories that shouldn't be ignored and forgotten. We need your support to make it happen.

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equipe renataRenata Coimbra Liborio is a psychologist with a PhD in Human Developmental Psychology by University of São Paulo, Brazil. She has a Masters in Cinema-Documentary at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV/Brazil) and has completed a post-doctoral at the University of Minho in Braga (Portugal) and Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada). Currently, Renata is a professor at the Graduate Program at UNESP (São Paulo State University) and is also completing a post- doctorate in Social Communication/ Filmmaking at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG, Brazil), under the theme "Figurations of Sexual Violence”. Filmography: Words, partners within (director) and Thirteen by Vinícius Miguel da Costa.


Executive Producer and co-director

equipe julianoJuliano Lueders is an engaged producer and director, whose career has involved working for Magnum Photos, BBC, The Wapping Project (UK), NFTS (UK) and Arrowhead Films (US). His film work has been shown at several film festivals, including Edinburgh, Portobelo, Soho Rushes and Egypt Film Festival. Juliano has a masters in Cinema-Documentary at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV/Brazil) and is graduated in Film&Video at the University of the Arts, London. Filmography: This Life (Lyttania Shannon), NYC@Wapping by Magnum Photos, Forests Forever, Familiar Faces and Sirenata.


Screenwriter and co-director

equipe danielDaniel A. Rubio is a documentary filmmaker who directs and produces projects focussed on social and ecological issues, having recently worked on two weekly programmes produced by the Television Trust for the Environment, aired on BBC-World. Filmography: He has worked as a local producer and director for Article Z on How Geraldo Lost His Job, broadcasted on TVArte and Life on BBC-World; Occupying Brazil (Aljazeera), Green is on the other side. Editing team of On the edge of light and darkness.



equipe adyrAdyr Assumpção has a masters and doctorate in Arts at UNICAMP (Brazil). Actor, director, producer, teacher of theater, film and television, Adyr also is the founder and general coordinator of Image to the People - an International Audiovisual Seminar thats celebrates its 10th edition. Member of CNPC - National Cultural Policy and board member of the Municipal Foundation of Belo Horizonte Culture Council . Medal of Honor President Juscelino Kubitschek for the services rendered to the country. Brazilian representative in the plan for elimination of racial discrimination and ethnic equality (Brazil/US).



equipe adyrTâmara Braga Ribeiro is a curator, manager and producer of audiovisual content. She is the founder of Imagem dos Povos - an International Seminar in Audiovisual. Tâmara was the director of Documenta Foundation between 1989 and 1991 and for over ten years, director of programming and management of Cinemas Liberdade, a group of eleven cinemas in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. She is graduated in Psychology with a Masters in Education, Film and Audiovisual Anthropology.

"Past becomes present through cassete tapes recorded in 1999.
In their own words, eight girls tell me
about their lives, dreams and challenges..."



Our goal is to achieve an impact on the personal, social and political level.

Through creating a wider understanding of how this issue comes about,

we hope to touch people and ignite a movement for change that goes beyond the film.

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