Mães do Derick

Mothers of Derick

Cássio Kelm Soares


This film will also be available online on our VoD platform from March 29 to April 10, 2022. Please note: This film will only be available in Germany.

A group of people carry a large tree trunk over a boggy terrain. There are no machines around to help, they just work their way slowly together. Tamy, Bruna, Chiva and Ana are all Derick’s mothers. With help from other friends, they are building a house for their child in the Brazilian forest. It’s a long, drawn-out project, constantly on the verge of failure. Besides being parents, the women are bound through their activism. Their queer feminist and anarchist political views determine the life they share. The film accompanies them in their daily lives. Documentary stages are regularly interspersed with musical interludes, the protagonists singing directly into the camera, the songs also making activist statements. The shared day-to-day and the political struggles are interwoven. In which tangible form can they live out their political, ecological and social ideas? They give it a try. Amidst a conservative society in Brazil and the threat of state violence, the protagonists collectively create a queer feminist place. The film portrays the family while also allowing the child to operate the camera from time to time.

This film has been nominated for the Audience Award endowed with 1,000 euro. Please vote after watching the movie.
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Cássio Kelm Soares


Cássio Kelm Soares, Jessica Candal


Hellen Braga, Cássio Kelm Soares


Aristeu Araújo


Ana Paula Kelm Soares

Sound Design

Luiz Lepchak


Thammy Tk12, Marina Chiva, Bruna Janaina Batagin, Ana Paula Lourenço, Derick Souza

Production / Contact

Haver Filmes

Portrait of Cássio Kelm Soares

Cássio Kelm Soares

Cássio Kelm Soares studied film at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisón (EICTV) in Cuba. He has directed 15 short films screened at numerous film festivals worldwide, including the IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), FICCI (Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias) and GIFF (Guanajuato International Film Festival). His work has earned him several awards. Mães do Derick is his first feature-length documentary film. For his short films he has used both narrative and experimental techniques, the documentary form as well as the fiction film. He is currently working on a screenplay for his first feature film project. Kelm Soares also heads the production company Haver Filmes.

Films by Cássio Kelm Soares

Close to You 2021 |  Meia lua Falciforme (mit Débora Evellyn Olimpio) 2019 | Aging in Invisibility 2018 | A mudança 2018 | The Day of Xangó 2018 | Lui 2019 | Soy 2017 | Awake 2016 | The Ebony of Song 2016 | Roberto Lives in the Pool 2015