Swing and Sway

  • 10 10
  • 2022
  • 82min
Swing and Sway
  • Original Title: Vai e Vem

Two friends, divided by continents but united through cinema, exchange a year of video letters inspired by pioneering women filmmakers, exploring the tides of life, politics, and migration.

Swing and Sway

AWARDS: Louis Marcus Award for Best Documentary. IndieCork Film Festival 

OFFICIAL SELECTION: DOK Leipzig/ RIDM - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal/ Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival/ Firstborn Girl Festival/ Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse/ Festival de Málaga/ San Diego Latino Film Festival/ Outgaze Film Festival / Dallas International Film Festival/ Festival Del Cinema Dei Diritti Umani Di Napoli/ Kaleidoskop Film und Freiluft am Karlsplatz/ Philadelphia Latino Film Festival/ Queer Lisboa/ Festival SatyriCine Bijou/ EQUIS Festival de Cine Feminista de Ecuador
/ MOVE IT! Filmfestival for human rights/ SOCINE XXVI - Encontro da Sociedade Brasileira de Estudos de Cinema/ Mostra Germaine Dulac: para além da vanguarda/ Film Diary NYC/  GEMFest - Gender Equity in Media Festival/ Onion City Experimental Film Festival/ Olhar de Cinema - Filme de Abertura/ Sheffield Doc/Fest/ International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala/ Pravo Ljudski Film Festival/ GuadaLAjara Film Festival/ CineBH – Belo Horizonte International Film Festival

Swing and Sway - Across continents, two friends script their lives in film


This offbeat documentary captures the unique dialogue between two friends who navigate the currents of their lives through the lens of experimental female filmmakers. One in Brazil and the other in the U.S., they bridge their physical distance by sending video letters that not only reflect their personal experiences but also pay homage to the artistic styles of various women directors.


Over a year, these films chronicle their thoughts on immigration, political climates in their respective countries, and their evolving fears and hopes. Each video letter serves as a creative testament to their experiences and the influential women in cinema who inspire their storytelling.

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