A film by Alexandre Moratto

This film was screened as a part of the 2019 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF22)

This feature was preceded by the short film Es confuso (It’s Confusing)

This film was co-presented with OUTsider

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Brazil, Drama/LGBTQ+/Coming of Age, 2018
71 min, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

After his mother’s sudden death, Socrates, a 15-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo’s coast, must survive on his own. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point. Produced by Ramin Bahrani (99 HOMES), SOCRATES is the debut feature film from 29-year-old Brazilian-American filmmaker Alexandre Moratto. It is the first feature produced by the Querô Institute in Brazil where it was co-written, produced, and acted by at-risk teenagers from local low-income communities, with the support of UNICEF.

Regional Premiere


Alexandre MorattoAlexandre Moratto is a Brazilian-American filmmaker. He was a Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow and an NC Arts Council Artist Fellow and had a project in the Sundance Creative Producing Labs. He received his BFA from the UNC School of the Arts where he was a Kenan Excellence full scholarship recipient and winner of the DGA Student Film Jury Award for his thesis. He resides in California and São Paulo.



Producer: Ramin Bahrani, Alexandre Moratto, Jefferson Paulino, Tammy Weiss
Production Companies: Querô Filmes
Screenwriter: Thayná Mantesso, Alexandre Moratto
Cinematographer: João Gabriel de Queiroz
Editor: Alexandre Moratto
Sound Design: Miriam Biderman
Music: Tiago Abrahao, Felipe Puperi
Cast: Christian Malheiros, Tales Ordakji, Caio Martinez Pacheco, Rosane Paulo, Jayme Rodrigues

Print Source: Mike Repsch,; Meghan Mihalchick,