- Director: Cássio Pereira Dos Santos
- Writer: Cássio Pereira Dos Santos
- Producer: Erika Pereira Dos Santos
The statistics make for harsh reading...around 80% of transgender youth drop out of school in Brazil, the average life expectancy of trans-women is 35 years old.
Valentina's mother will doing anything and everything for her daughter not to become one of those statistics. This is all about sacrifice rather than compromise which is a most welcome approach when addressing the current trans narrative.
Our only quibble with the film is...the opening scene. It really does give a false [first] impression of the film as a whole. It's that old familiar...trans-girl kisses a boy who later finds out she's trans and he goes - unsurprisingly - berserk! Many will be appalled at his reaction and - no doubt - some will find him justified.
This is the centrifugal point [and force] of the trans narrative...which Valentina - unnecessarily - straddles before moving on...into pastures new. A new start, a new identity, new friends and all the same problems and attitudes.
The message delivered is unequivocally clear and bold...you can't run and hide for eternity. There's always a time [sometimes not of your choosing] when we all have to stand up, stand still and tall...and tell the world exactly how it is, who you are...they may accept reject, deny and decry...no matter...just be your happier self.
Valentina does this admirably.
Seventeen year-old Valentina and her mother move to the countryside of Brazil to start fresh. To avoid being bullied in her new school, Valentina tries to enroll with her social name to keep the fact that she is trans a secret. However, the girl and her mother quickly face dilemmas when the local high school needs a second parental signature for enrollment. Headlined by a star performance by trans actress Thiessa Woinbackk, Valentinia is a beautiful and gripping reflection of the real-life hardships that society forces a strong young woman to endure, making her embrace who she is - without question.