• Tiradentes Film Festival

  • Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival

  • Ethnofest – Athens Ethnographic Film Festival

  • FRINGE! Queer Film & Arts Fest

  • Mix Brasil Festival

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Portuguese with English subtitles

As Jack starts his gender transition process, Brazil is plunged into a wave of extreme conservatism. For five years, we follow the transformations in both his life and in Brazil, as the LGBTQI+ community are challenged by an ultra-right-wing government and a devastating pandemic.

This intimate portrayal of Jack and his friends reveals a tender network of affection and solidarity that flourishes in the midst of adversity. Blooming on the Asphalt is a beautiful, vibrant documentary that captures the resilience and strength of queer Brazilian youth.

About the Director
Coraci Ruiz has a degree in Dance, a Master’s in Audiovisual Culture and Media, and a PhD. in Multimedia, all from Unicamp (Sao Polo, Brazil). She has been a documentary filmmaker since 2003 when she participated in the foundation of the production company Laboratorio Cisco. She works mainly as a director and director of photography for documentaries. Among her main productions are the feature films Threshold and Letters to Angola, which has participated in more than 30 festivals in 16 countries and was awarded prizes in Brazil, Angola, Portugal, and Belgium.

Julio Matos graduated from Sociology at Unicamp (Sao Polo, Brazil) and has a Master’s in Media and Communication from Goldsmiths University of London. He has been a documentary director and producer since 2003 when he participated in the foundation of the production company Cisco Lab. After his first feature film, alongside Coraci Ruiz, Letters to Angola, they directed Blooming on the asphalt which premiered at the Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes.