• International Baja California Film Festival

    Best Documentary
  • International Film Festival Veracruz

    Marcel Sisniega Award, Special Mention
  • José Rovirosa Awards, Filmoteca UNAM

    Honorific Mention
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival

  • Sheffield Doc Fest-Plataforma Doc/Player

  • Maine International Film Festival

  • Valladolid International Film Festival - Seminci

  • DocxMx

  • DocsPuebla

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Spanish and Russian with English subtitles

With Alexey Ruigómez, Mateio Ruigómez, Pedro Ruigómez, Gabriela Ruigómez

A touching experience for the film’s subjects and for its audience, My Brother follows a single unmarried woman, Gabriela, as she and her adoptive son, Alexey, decide to adopt a second boy, Mateo.

Brazilian Filmmaker Alana Simões followed the lives of the family with her camera in hand for nine years, gathering more than 150 hours of footage. The result is a candid portrayal of the relationship between Alexey and Mateo, demonstrating what it means to build bonds of reciprocal trust despite the internal conflicts they face.

About the Director

Alana Simões is a film director and producer for CINEMATROPODOS. She studied Film Direction at Séptima Ars School in Madrid and specialized in Documentary Film in the Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba. She has directed two feature documentaries (one for TV) and three shorts, participating in dozens of film festivals.

Simões was vice-president of DOCMA (Documentary Film Association of Madrid) in 2011 and she is the co-creator of the cultural event ‘3XDOC’ CREATORS ENCOUNTER celebrated annually in Madrid. She has worked as a production manager on the public TV in Mexico, Channel 22, 2014. She has imparted documentary film workshops in various institutions such as the Pedro Meyer Foundation in México City, the ECAM (State Film and Audiovisual Arts School of Madrid), the Spanish Center in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, and the University ITESO in Guadalajara, México.

She is currently working in the preproduction of her next documentary film, The Students.


“A poetic reflection on family ties.”La Cronica de Hoy

“The film also reflects the call of an early vocation, dance.”El Informador

“No doubt an intimate, warm, close, and emotional documentary.” – Ricardo Melendez, Sombra Emergente

Notes on Film

“I see this relationship I’ve followed for years, as the purest manifestation of affection: the chosen brotherhood, the shared orphanage.”

– Alana Simões, Director