Doc 35m currently in post-production.
David Miranda is Brazil’s only Black and LGBT congressman. He and the late Marielle Franco launched their political careers together in
Rio’s City Hall, and through their work there became close friends. Their shared profile - black, LGBT and having grown up in Rio’s favelas - made them extraordinarily rare in Brazilian politics. Marielle was known for her grassroots work for the groups she represented; she was a familiar face at community meetings and protests and with David they frequently denounced police violence. During her brief time in office her laws established low-income housing assistance, a citywide anti-homophobia day, anti-harassment campaigns, domestic violence data collection and more.
Franco was killed in March 2018 by one of Rio’s most feared death squads. Violence against LGBT people has continued to increase under Bolsonaro’s government, and the question of who ordered Marielle's murder remains unanswered.
In 2019, Miranda took up the seat in Brazil’s National Congress of Jean Wyllys - a high profile LGBT congressman from Rio who fled the country suddenly due to intensifying death threats. As David works to pass national laws to protect LGBT rights, the ongoing investigations into Franco's murder have revealed connections between her killers, current President Jair Bolsonaro and the wider Bolsonaro family. He is forced
to confront the Bolsonaro family on a daily basis, as we see in the film, a process with intense personal as well as broader political weight.
The film looks at one of the world’s most far-right Congresses through the eyes of those resisting it.
Funded as part of a fellowship with One World Media, produced by Ana Naomi de Sousa at Black Leaf films.
David in Brasilia
Doc 30m currently in production.
Directed and produced by Hazel Falck, funded by The Guardian & Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
ROLE: Assistant Producer
A film following campaigns by new trade unions in London representing low-paid, mostly migrant and outsourced workers across the city, challenging the realities of in-work poverty, the most prevalent form of poverty in Britain. United Voices of the World union have won several landmark cases regarding the rights of outsourced workers, showing that a transformation of working conditions can happen from the grassroots up.
You can read about The Art of Political Murder, a feature doc I was researcher on, here.
ROLE: Additional Camera
Produced by Satore Studio / Vice Mexico
Speaking of Imelda
From the 1960s onwards, Irish women in England ran secret networks for women to access vital abortion services, at a time when even public discussion of the procedure was banned in Ireland. This film features interviews with founding members of these clandestine groups of previous decades, as well as with contemporary activists campaigning for a Yes vote, in the lead up to the historic 2018 referendum to decriminalise abortion in Ireland. It is a snapshot of the intergenerational experiences of Irish women in England, of the overlap of different political struggles lived by these women - around discrimination, sexuality and republicanism - and of the often invisibilized political contributions of the diaspora.