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Doméstica WorldView Screening

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Image courtesy of Icarus Films

DOMÉSTICA - Trailer Oficial
Doméstica WorldView Screening

(Gabriel Mascaro, 2013)

WorldView: Brazil

Every thinking mind needs a world view. This half-day seminar for students grades 9–12 builds on the cross-cultural understandings and perspectives that engage and influence many contemporary artists. Taking inspiration from the center-wide Via Brasil initiative, this year’s program features two enlightening films, Wasteland (Feb 13) and Doméstica (Feb 20), and the exhibition Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Art, on view at the Wexner Center February 1–April 20, 2014.

Both film screenings are followed by an open-forum panel discussion with special guests to be announced. Each student should bring their own brown bag lunch; we will provide drinks and a snack. Note that the exhibition tour does not include lunch.

You may choose one, two, or all three experiences for your program. Bus subsidies are available. Visit the WorldView blog at for teaching and learning resources.

Via Brasil

Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Thu, Feb 20, 2014
9:30 AM1:30 PM

“No other film has ever managed to portray as deeply what is ingrained in the Brazilian unconscious.”—Luiz Carlos Merten, Estadão

It’s all but obligatory for middle- and upper-class families in Brazil to employ a housemaid, and the country has more domestic workers than any other. Gabriel Mascaro’s powerful and sensitive film Housemaids directly addresses this long-unspoken issue, which some describe as a one of the most prominent remnants of the country’s colonial past. Mascaro asked seven adolescents from different regions and economic levels in Brazil to film their housemaids for a week (one story follows a housemaid who works for another housemaid). Building the film from this footage, Mascaro uncovers the complex relationships that exist between housemaids and their employers (who often confuse intimacy and power), offering a memorable, emotional, and revealing portrait of contemporary Brazil. The release of Housemaids in March 2013 coincided with the passing of an incredibly controversial new law that gave domestic workers in Brazil greater rights and pay, making the film part of a larger national discussion. (76 mins., video)

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