Marilia Hughes Guerreiro
Marilia Hughes Guerreiro
The Northeastern drylands of Brazil have changed a lot in the past years. Hunger and poverty are still a reality, but in a much smaller scale than that of decades ago. Economic development helped draw a new outline to this immense region of the country. Issues that were once only pertinent to the capital cities are now found and debated in the furthermost towns. The detached way in which many young men and women break free from a patriarchal, sexist and male-chauvinistic structure stands out in a society dominated by the imagery of the fearless, macho, cattle herder, the sertanejo. Younger people want to establish themselves as whole individuals, which includes breaking patterns regarding to sexuality. Many of the questions being asked by these young men and women are often thought of as pertaining to the residents of large metropolises. Serra do Ramalho, the town in which the movie isset, has a peculiar history that helps us understand the evolution of the fight for civil rights in the country. The town was planned and constructed in the 70s by the Military in order to take in 73 thousand citizens that had been forcefully relocated due to the construction of the Sobradinho Dam,in Northern Bahia. In a period of political exception, arbitrary methods were widely employed to get people out of their houses. The older residents were marked as "second class citizens".

If the traumas of the past still linger amongst the older generation, the strive of some young people to comprehend the region's history is positively impressing. And, also, the struggle to build a life that is more diverse and filled with possibilities. This is the context in which we will follow Mila, Gilmar and Igor's path, the three young people who will form an unconventional family in the heart of Bahia's drylands.

The character of "A Cidade do Futuro" actually exist. They are non-professional actors who reenact their own paths. Not just the leading roles, but also their mothers and all other characters. The film's script was elaborated having recent personal experiences and long conversations with the actors as its starting point. But, unlike what one might think, the film has a clearly fictional structure, be it for the decoupage, the shot composition or even by the movements of the actors and the camera. There is, in the film, a strong focus on creating a specificfilmic atmosphere. This is a film with its own characteristics and personality. In "A Cidade do Futuro" the camera captures fragments of a reality that precedes the film. The image (false) is impregnated with the real, the truth. The accentuated ellipses of the film imply the affective and effective participation of the audience.

Selected Filmography
Films In Festival
(Brazil, 2016, 76mins)
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