This documentary explores the identity of Mercedes, the director's grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The grand-daughter’s vision takes us through the conflict between memory loss and Mercedes' strong impulse to reconstruct her subjectivity in the present and to get over the absence of the boyfriend who disappeared at the onset of the disease. In her new life, reality and fantasy will get mixed together until it gets rediscovered.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1978, she studied journalism and worked in the Brazilian media until 2006, when she emigrated to Spain. In Madrid, she did a postgraduate degree in political science at the Complutense University of Madrid and works as an independent journalist and contributor to Latin American media outlets. Six years ago, she started on her first original documentary project entitled Mercedes, about her grandmother suffering from Alzheimer's disease. At the same time, she began studying documentary film in courses and workshops in São Paulo, Madrid and at the school of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba. In 2014, her documentary Mercedes was selected to participate in a DOCMA laboratory with the filmmakers Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor from the Sensory Ethnography Lab at the University of Harvard, USA. Mercedes was also selected for the DocsBarcelona festival in 2016, in the Screenings section, which gives guidance on unfinished projects.