I Am

    • Denise Kelm Soares
    • Cuba, Brazil
    • 2017
    • 12 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary
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    As the international press pours into Havana, Cuba to report on the death of Fidel Castro,  a little girl proudly holds a large cardboard sign over her head on the Plaza de la Revolución. In a fascinating shot lasting almost 12 minutes, we watch this girl—braids, red dress, white knee socks, fighting against the wind—as she experiences her moment in the spotlight. We can’t see what's written on the sign because she's being filmed from behind. Armed with cameras and cell phones, the people around her are taking countless photos and uninvited selfies with her. As the minutes tick by, our unease grows. Placed in the role of an ignorant spectator, we have time to contemplate the omnipresence of the camera—and we become desperate to know what’s written on that sign.

    Credits

    • 12 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Spanish
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Denise Kelm Soares
    Production
    Matheus Mello, Denise Kelm Soares for Haver Filmes
    Executive producer
    Matheus Mello
    Cinematography
    Denise Kelm Soares
    Editing
    Denise Kelm Soares
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    IDFA history

    2017
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

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