Marielle Franco’s Murder Pushed Black Women in Brazil to Enter Politics. This Documentary Followed Those Black Women.
Sementes: Mulheres Pretas no Poder (Seeds: Black Women in Brazil) will premier online on September 7
About two years ago, a black woman activist in Rio de Janeiro handed me a small package of plant seeds during a political event. She explained to me that these physical seeds represented the “seeds of Marielle Franco.”
Marielle Franco, a black Brazilian councilwoman who fought for the rights of blacks, women, and the poor, was viscously assassinated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 14 of 2018. Her driver, Anderson Gomes, was also killed. Her assassination made worldwide news because people in Rio were beginning to understand her impact. Franco was a rising Afro-Brazilian politician whose work promoted human rights on behalf of women, blacks, LGBT, and the poor. So her death was part of a system that minimized and even suffocated the voices of such people.
Those who assassinated her did not realize how her death would create more "Marielles" that people now refer to as the "seeds" of Marielle — Sementes in Portuguese.
In the aftermath of her death, several black women who worked directly with her felt inspired and compelled to run for statewide political positions. In Rio de Janeiro, four black women were elected to statewide positions.
And there was a film crew there capturing all of the magic.
The resulting documentary film, Sementes: Mulheres Pretas no Poder (Seeds: Black Women in Power), will debut on YouTube on September 7 at 6 pm Eastern.
Below is a synopsis of the film:
Check out the trailer below:
Ethel Oliveira and Júlia Mariano produced and directed the film.
Earlier this year, Black Women Radicals featured an interview with Oliveira. She had this to say about why there should be a documentary film about Marielle Franco and her impact:
For those who speak and understand Portuguese, there will also be a discussion on the film on September 8.
Make sure to set a reminder for the film’s debut on September 7:
Will you be watching the film on Youtube?