Joel Zito Araújo
Obtaining a Doctorate of Communications science at the School of Communication and Arts of São Paulo University, Joel has been a guest professor at the Radio-TV-Film department of the University of Texas, Austin, since August 2001. Since 1984 he has made 24 documentaries and 22 mid-length films.
Director: Daughters of the Wind (Filhas Do Vento)
DAUGHTERS OF THE WIND was Brazil’s official entry to the Academy Awards and has won several awards in Brazil including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.
A first in the history of Brazilian cinema, Daughters of the Wind assembles the largest cast of black actors/actresses ever seen in a Brazilian film. It is a moving and complex story about redemption among sisters, mothers, and daughters. The film touches upon themes pertinent to women everywhere, but in small-town Brazil the ghosts of slavery and racism linger and affect the characters’ lives in subtle ways. video