My Brother

(Mi hermano)
Alana Simões | Documentary

2018 | 71 minutes | Mexico, Spain

A touching experience for the film’s subjects and for its audience, My Brother follows a single woman, Gabriela, as she and her adoptive son, Alexey, decide to adopt a second boy, Mateo.

Synopsis

A touching experience for the film’s subjects and for its audience, My Brother follows a single woman, Gabriela, as she and her adoptive son, Alexey, decide to adopt a second boy, Mateo.

Brazilian filmmaker Alana Simões followed the lives of the family with her camera in hand for nine years, gathering more than 150 hours of footage. The result is a candid portrayal of the relationship between Alexey and Mateo, demonstrating what it means to build bonds of reciprocal trust despite the internal conflicts they face.

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Reviews

"A poetic reflection on family ties." — La Cronica de Hoy

"The film also reflects the call of an early vocation, dance." — El Informador

"No doubt an intimate, warm, close, and emotional documentary." — Ricardo Melendez, Sombra Emergente

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Main credits

Simões, Alana (film director)
Simões, Alana (film producer)
Simões, Alana (screenwriter)
Ruigómez, Alexey (on-screen participant)
Ruigómez, Gabriela (on-screen participant)
Ruigómez, Mateio (on-screen participant)
Ruigómez, Pedro (on-screen participant)
Alvarez Morales, Aldo (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematography, Daniela Cajías; editor, Aldo Álvarez Morales; music, Diego Benlliure, J. Andrés Vergara.


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Festivals

International Baja California Film Festival - Best Documentary
International Film Festival Veracruz - Marcel Sisniega Award; Special Mention, José Rovirosa Awards
Filmoteca UNAM - Honorific Mention
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Sheffield Doc Fest
Maine International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Alana Simões

NATIONALITY: Mexico, Spain

YEAR: 2018

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; Russian

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults

SUBTITLE/CC: AVAILABLE

AUDIO DESCRIPTION: AVAILABLE

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