My Name is Daniel

(Meu nome é Daniel)
Daniel Gonçalves | Documentary

2018 | 83 minutes | Brazil

Daniel de Castro Gonçalves, born with an undiagnosed disability, embarks on a personal documentary in Rio, tracing his life's journey to uncover the truth behind his condition.


Daniel Gonçalves was born with a disability that no doctor has been able to diagnose. In this personal documentary, the young Rio-based filmmaker traces his life’s path to try to understand his condition. Through family archive footage and current recorded footage, you’ll take a walk-through Daniel’s moments, stories, and reflections. 


"Daniel builds the narrative by alternating home movies, made mostly by his parents, and more finished records of the present. The encounter between images from these different times reveals a filmmaker who is used to the presence of the camera, with a trained eye for capturing the spontaneous gestures of his characters, as well as for what to keep and what to exclude in a film. Much because of this, the film escapes from becoming an indulgent autobiography, since the act of filming one's own life appears as a natural extension of decades-long family habits.” – Wallace Andrioli, Revista Moviement

Main credits

Gonçalves, Daniel (film director)
Gonçalves, Daniel (film producer)
Gonçalves, Daniel (screenwriter)
Berliner, Roberto (film producer)
Letier, Rodrigo (film producer)
Nascimento, Vinícius (screenwriter)
Guimarães, Debora (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematographer, Paulo Macedo; editing, Vinicius Nascimento; music, Pedro Mibielli.

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IDFA; Dok.fest München; Sydney Film Festival; São Paulo International Film Festival; Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Índias; Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - Special Mention

DIRECTOR: Daniel Gonçalves


YEAR: 2018

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Upper Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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