Find out below the main projects developed by Grifa Filmes over 15 years of history producing documentaries:
THE CLEANERS looks at how the utopian dream of a global community that launched Social Media has become a nightmare of cultural division – spreading fake news, influencing elections, fostering racial hatred and fueling the militant radicalization of thousands throughout the world.
Making use of the state-of-the-art technology, this real scientific-adventure documentary follows a group of the most renowned scientists as they plan and set off for a major expedition within a still unexplored part of the Amazon jungle, in search for new species.
Who Cares? – the series
Based on the success of the internationally award-winning feature documentary Who Cares?, released in 2012, we created this documentary television series focused on Brazilian social entrepreneurs.In this series, we present to the audience projects which cause significant and positive social impact, leading the public to understand the importance of the social work, its challenges and motivations, always highlighting solutions rather than problems.
From where come the innovative ideas? To answer that question, 13 personalities from different fields will share with the public the moments of inspiration that led them to a turning point in their lives and in their careers.
Grifa Filmes’ 20 years!
This new promo from Grifa Filmes, created with the support of ABPITV, presents to the market its main productions over its 20 years in the national and international audiovisual market.
Singers of Brazil
3rd. Season of the musical series “Singers from Brazil”, in which the past and the present are the guiding thread. Names in contemporary Brazilian music scene rescue and update the work of importante old artists of Brazilian music.
Critical Uncertainties is the first season of a documentary television series with internationally renowned intellectuals. The objective is to present relevant contemporary issues about art, politics, books, economics, international relations, society, history, future of Brazil and more.
Assiette Brésilienne is a television series hosted by the famous Brazilian chef Bel Coelho. In the series, Bel Coelho travels all over Brazil discovering its culture, history and people, through the flavors of the national cuisine. She begins her long journey travelling to Bahia, the place where the Portuguese first arrived in Brazil, and where the African roots are most visible in the country. She later explores the Amazon Forest, meeting the first residents of Brazil, the indigenous people.
Saved from Extinction
Humanity is capable of putting some species in danger of extinction and, once this danger is detected, we are also capable of reversing the situation, combining all our efforts in order to rescue these species from inexistence and re-introduce them into their natural environments.
This is a television series which tells the dramatic stories of wild animals threatened by the advance of cities and urban areas towards forests, their former habitats.
This is a film about the Amazon, created by Brazilians yet with a global view on the subject, and supported by the most recent discoveries and scientific research. This is a film that deals with conflicting viewpoints, and which grants space such that many voices might be heard.
Out of Control
Out of Control is a cop show about the exciting world of police investigations in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In each episode, a crime is investigated and solved, showing how the functioning of the city connects all types of residents and visitors.
WHO CARES is a 93-minute High Definiton feature documentary about 18 of the most important social entrepreneurs around the world. People who are making changes, bringing solutions, generating huge social impact and most of all, inspiring people to do the same. A film that searches the world for brilliant people with simple solutions to the hard global issues.
The year of Flamengo
The documentary tells the story of how one of the greatest Brazilian football teams of all time was formed and looks back on Flamengo’s victory at the FIFA Intercontinental Cup in 1981, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the club’s World Champions title. Some of the greatest names in football will appear in the documentary, such as Zico, Raul, Leandro, Tita, Adílio, Nunes and Andrade.
Trapped by the clearance of land for crop production and grazing, a population of jaguars is thrown into turmoil by stress and human intrusion. A female, Lenda, loses both her babies. It soon turns out that they were slaughtered by their own father! Such behavior is completely uncharacteristic.
A light-hearted series about what goes on backstage behind a fictitious TV channel based on the success and challenges facing Jade, a TV host played by Luisa Micheletti. A new story every week unveils the glamour and flip aside of those working both in front of and behind the cameras.
Born to Sing
“Born to Sing” tells the story of the 40-year long career of most talented and famous Brazilian sertanejo duo Chitãozinho & Xororó, who discovered a very special talent in their childhood and later dedicated their lives to music, facing innumerous obstacles along the way in order to become Brazilian music idols.
The documentary follows the last 48 hours of a group of Palestinians in the refugee camp of Al-Rweished, on the border between Jordan and Iraq, before leaving for Brazil. They leave behind family, friends and a past full of memories. Nine months later, the film follows five of them in different points of Brazil.
Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Through the eyes of the Macuco, bird that symbolizes adaptation and survival, we visit the 7% left of the original cover of the Atlantic Rain Forest, one of the greatest biodiversities in the planet.
Brazil from Pre-History
For over 11.000 years, fossils of an extinct fauna kept the secret that can now assist us in comprehending the pre history of the American continent. Deep in a flooded shaft, in the heart of Brazil, a crew of specialized divers is the extension of the arms and eyes of an international crew of paleontologists in search of the greatest representatives of this extinct fauna, the giant sloths.
The documentary tells the inspiring and touching stories about the Humanity Victory and the Beauty of the Human Spirit against all difficulties.
First fictional documentary entirely based on real life. It shows the experience of four European immigrants (one Spanish, one Portuguese, one Italian and one German) who live in the city of São Paulo, revealing their historical peculiarities in a dynamic, fun and genuine way.
Between the Lines
This series consists of three documentaries of 52 minutes each will reveal to the public the peculiar history of the various social groups of São Paulo, the diversity of peoples that coexist with anything beyond their neighborhoods to define them and distinguish them. The concept of “Between the Lines” is that over there exists a balance between things that remain the same and those that change in one of the largest urban centers in the world.
This documentary tells the story of the Asiatic neighborhood called Liberdade, in the megalopolis São Paulo. Liberdade, word in Portuguese for freedom, is the main point for the preservation of commercial and cultural habits of the Japanese community in Brazil, the largest outside Japan.
It portrays the immigrants’ lifestyle and discusses their influence on the esthetic and cultural composition of the region.
Animals of Brazil
Co-produced with National Geographic Brazil, the series represents the beginning of nature documentary production by means of high technology. The series of four episodes discuss the situation of Brazilian animals threatened with extinction. It is about the job of courageous Brazilian researchers and scientists in order to avoid the tragic loss of certain species such as the manned-wolf, the jaguar, the Muriqui and the manatee.
An “ethnopoetic” film about the mythical, existential universe of the Guató culture, a millenary group that is today dispersed around the Pantanal. Considered extinct in the 1960’s, the Guatós were rediscovered in the 1970’s and conquered back part of their territory.
Doctors of Joy
Having its TV version indicated to the Emmy Award 2005, and theater version awarded in several international and national film festivals, this documentary registers the job “Doctors of Joy”, a group of clowns, do with seriously ill children in hospitals all around Brazil aiming to bring some happiness to their life inside such adverse environment.
The documentary tries to reveal how Julia Mann influenced the outstanding artistic work of her sons Thomas and Heinrich as well as her tragic life in search of her past, lost in her own memories.
The documentary “Oiregor Tarpud – a musician’s life” is about the life and masterpieces of Rogërio Duprat. This Brazilian erudite composer is author of the New Music Movement and responsible for the tune of Tropicália. Always revolutionary, he opposed nationalism in the erudite music compositions.
Urban Maps Series
This series of documentaries unveil the great urban centers of Brazil from the point of view of poets and composers who love their cities. They reveal the three biggest Brazilian metropolises – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife and Belo Horizonte.
Whales in Abrolhos
First Brazilian production about whales, this documentary focuses on the humpback whale, currently figuring in the official list of endangered species by IBAMA.
The scenery: somewhere in the Amazon. The scene: two filmmakers suffer an accident and their boat sinks, taking all equipment, clothes and the food stock that would feed them for the whole trip, to the bottom of the river. For 8 days they fought for survival in the open Amazon Forest, with no food nor communication. This true story is the plot of the documentary “Lost”.
The documentary pictures one of the most dangerous and poorest slums in São Paulo’s South Region and tells through the personal stories of young Hip Hoppers the importance of the musical movement that emerged as a society criticism and weapon against crime and poverty.
This documentary retraces the route followed by the Langsdorff Expedition, carried out in 1825 and sponsored by Czar Alexander I and by the Russian government. Six thousand kilometers were covered in the rivers between São Paulo and the Amazon forest. The film, tracing a parallel between past and present, shows a Brazil known by very few people.
I’ve Choosen to Live Here
Each of the six documentaries of this series tells the story of a foreigner who found in Brazil his new home country.
Confidences of Death’s River
This film portrays the remaining memory of the populations in the County of Rio das Mortes (River of Death), in the historic towns of Minas Gerais. Scenery for Emboabas War and Indian decimation, River of Death becomes a character in the film.
One Wolf’s Day
This environmental education documentary for kids tells the story of the Brazilian maned wolf, an animal in danger of extinction.
Three Plateaus and a Balloon
The three documentaries of this series focus on the National Parks of Guimarães, Diamantina and Veadeiros. Hot air balloons play an essential role in the films, since they reveal different views of the place, represent a challenge for the team of balloonists (the first to fly over the region) and bring about quite new experience to the inhabitants of the local communities.