2006 news
2005 news






Forbidden Wedding/
Casamento Proibido
Directed, Produced, Edited, and
Photographed by Flavia Fontes

FORBIDDEN WEDDING premiered on Sundance Channel on May 16th and it was broadcast again on November 2005.

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ENGLISH SYNOPSIS
Forbidden Wedding is the story of Hedir, a paraplegic man in Brazil, who was forbidden to marry his love because the Catholic Church suspected that he was sexually impotent. According to Vatican Law 1084, a person who cannot copulate cannot get married in the Church. This film documents Hedir's struggle to get married and the impact his story had on his small town and Brazil. An intimate account of their personal story and an exploration of disability rights, sexuality, and faith. MORE

PORTUGUESE SYNOPSIS
Forbidden Wedding (Casamento Proibido) é um documentário em vídeo que conta a história de um homem, paraplégico desde os 15 anos, que se apaixona  e resolve se  casar. Convites entregues e casamento na igreja marcado, eis que surge uma surpresa: o bispo que proíbe o enlace. Tudo por causa de uma lei da igreja católica, que exige que o homem tenha capacidade de manter relações sexuais para se casar. Um tratado sobre o amor, sexualidade, e a fé.

SPANISH SYNOPSIS
Boda prohibida
Esta noche se emite el documental titulado Forbidden Wedding, sobre la prohibición de casarse a un discapacitado por la Iglesia Católica Romana de Brasil.La cineasta Flavia Fontes, presenta la historia del parapléjico Hedir Antonio de Brito, quien a dos semanas de contraer matrimonio religioso con su novia Elzimar de Lourdes Serafim, en agosto de 1996, recibió una carta del obispo católico negándole su solicitud. Según el obispo, la Iglesia prohíbe casarse a cualquier persona impotente o que no puede tener relaciones sexuales. Con la esperanza de ser escuchado, De Brito mandó una carta al papa Juan Pablo II, pero nunca tuvo respuesta.


Terror at Home:
Domestic Violence in America (excerpts)
screened at the
Sundance Film Festival 2005
Directed by Academy Award Winner,
Maryann De Leo.
Edited by Flavia Fontes and
Maryann De Leo

 


FORBIDDEN WEDDING
Directed, Produced, Edited, and Photographed
by Flavia Fontes

Awards

"Someone to Watch Award"
- CineWomen, 2004

"Audience Award For Best Documentary"
- Projections International Film Festival

"Honorable Mention"
- Philadelphia International Film Festival

"Award Of Excellence"
- Brasa Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Film Festival "Assim Vivemos"  in Brazil
Festival Internacional De Cine De Cartagena
Latino Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival
New York Latino International Film Festival
London Disability Film Festival
Parnu International Film Festival in Estonia
Philadelphia International Film Festival
Picture this...Film Festival
Women in the Director's Chair International Film and Video Festival
Urbanworld Film Festival


In March 2005 Flavia Fontes was  a panelist at the Director's Workshop at
The 11th Annual Sedona International Film Festival


Living With Chimpanzees:
Portrait of A Family

Directed, Produced, Edited, and
Photographed by Flavia Fontes

Will be screening at the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival in October 2005

 

Joseph Braunstein: Memories of a Centenarian
Presently in Post

 


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