Look at Me Again
Olhe Pra Mim de Novo

DIRECTORS: Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla

The clouds hang motionless over the arid landscape as a figure slowly journeys down the road that stretches out ahead. It is Syllvio Luccio, who was born a girl, grew to identify as a lesbian then finally a man, embarking on a road trip through Northeastern Brazil, a region characterized by rigid ideas rooted in evangelical religion and machismo.

The influence of this culture that he describes as “tacky and rude” is sometimes undeniable in his frank discussion of sex and desire, but is tempered by his endearing confessions of love, both romantic and familial, witnessed in the sweet messages left for his girlfriend, Widna, and recollections of his family. Drawn in by his gregarious nature, flirtatious sense of humor, sensitivity and insightfulness, Syllvio engages with outsiders of different backgrounds on the road, including LGBT youth, a man whose paternity is questioned by his family and a group of adults afflicted with a genetic disease as they find common ground in their struggles with the expectations and prejudices of society as well as their own families.

Syllvio’s personal narrative elegantly unfolds against more expansive questions about the circumstances one may be born with: the wrong body, the wrong family or the wrong genes. Directors Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla draw candid testimony from their subjects to construct a moving portrait of an individual and exploration of outsider culture.

— HOLLY ROACH

In Portuguese with English subtitles.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D219

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