Browse films

The Grand Piano

Anabela Roque
Brazil, 2017, 10 min.

In Portuguese with English subtitles.
This film is family friendly.

Mauricio Maia is an amateur, self-taught musician. He lives in Coelho da Rocha, in the Baixada Fluminense, suburb of Ri­o de Janeiro. Each time he wants to play the piano, he embarks on a journey from the periphery to the city center, mapping pianos to play. He follows his intuition, but not everything he finds is good. His eyes glow every time he discovers a piano open to the public, in tune, ready for him to sit and play. Mauricio believes his music "will guide his future", and having a piano is fundamental.

Director's Statement

The Grand Piano dives on the the daily fight of those who lives far from the center of Rio de Janeiro, the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and one of the largest cities in Latin America. A perspective on the social inequality and the lack of opportunity of those who lives at the suburbs. The Grand Piano received a Special Mention of the Jury at the Iguacine Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro. 

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Identity, Music, World Cinema.

More in Documentary

  • Crazywise

    Crazywise

    Phil Borges
    2017, 82 min.

    What if a psychological crisis was seen as having the potential to be a positive transformative experience, instead of a "broken brain"?... more ›

  • Burkinabè Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso

    Burkinabè Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso

    Iara Lee
    Burkina Faso, 2018, 72 min.

    'BURKINABÈ RISING: the art of resistance in Burkina Faso is directed by Iara Lee of Cultures of Resistance Films.  A small landlocked country in... more ›

  • My Tourette's

    My Tourette's

    Alessandro Molatore
    United States, 2017, 75 min.

    What happens when a young, successful motivational speaker, who educates using his severe Tourette's Syndrome as a catalyst, finds that he's able to free... more ›