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How Nice to See You Alive
Que Bom Te Ver Viva
A film by Lucia Murat
Brazil, 1989, 100 minutes, Color, 35mm/DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99053
On March 31, 1964, a military coup overthrew the Brazilian government. Four years later, all civil rights were suspended and torture became a systematic practice. Using a mix of fiction and documentary this extraordinary film is a searing record of personal memory, political repression and the will to survive. Interviews with eight women who were political prisoners during the military dictatorship are framed by the fantasies and imaginings of an anonymous character, portrayed by actress Irene Ravache. Filmmaker Murat, like the interviewees, was herself tortured and imprisoned; her film shatters the silence imposed on the survivors and the collective will to forget.


  • Festival de Brasilia, Best Film
  • Rio International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize
  • Havana Film Festival, Coral Prize
  • Toronto Festival of Festivals
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • San Francisco Film Festival

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    “An extraordinary film…Eight political prisoners, all women, articulate the price of surviving an experience that even their friends, husbands and children wish to cushion in silence.”
    Judy Block
    Pacific Film Archives

    “Remarkably revealing…made with determination to break the rigid curtain of silence.”
    Judy Stone
    SF Chronicle

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