2019 Digital Storytelling Contest, Long, 3rd Prize

Marielle and Monica


Fábio Erdos/The Guardian

Marielle Franco, a Brazilian politician and LGBT and human-rights activist, was killed in March 2018. While coming to terms with the death of her partner, Monica Benicio continues the fight to give a voice to those who are deemed disposable in Brazil: women, the poor, the LGBT community, and black Brazilians. Marielle’s murder has still not been solved and, as the police investigation drifts, Monica is plunged into a new crisis because of the right-wing anti-LGBT politician Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign to become Brazilian president. Marielle and Monica tells a personal story of loss, bringing into focus the challenges that lie ahead for LGBT rights and progressive politics in Brazil.

Production team

    Director/cinematographer/local producer/editor: Fábio Erdos

    Sound/assistant director: Marcelo Engster

    Sound designer: Lucas Piovesan

    Producer: Marina Costa

    Executive producer: Charlie Phillips

    Executive producer: Jacqueline Edenbrow