By Paula GOMES, Haroldo BORGES


Documentary - Production 2020

Sam lives in a small town in Brazil. He goes to school, confronts his parents, flirts, dreams. But Sam’s biggest dream is not a common dream: he wants be recognized as a man, though physically and biologically, have a woman’s body. While fighting for this, Sam will cross the border of adolescence.

& Awards

DocMontevideo 2018
Pitching (MiradasDoc Award)
Miradas Doc 2019
Pitching (Subtitles Award)
BoliviaLab 2020
Pitching (Bolivian Distribution Award)
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Paula GOMES, Haroldo BORGES
    • Writer(s)
    • Paula GOMES, Haroldo BORGES
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Samuel is 16 and like any boy of his age, he goes to school, confront his parents, spends a lot of hours on internet, flirts, dreams. But Sam’s biggest dream is not such a common dream: he wants to be recognized as a man, though physically and biologically, have a woman’s body.
      Since his childhood, when he was still a rebellious girl called Selena, Samuel always felt something was not right. But was only two years ago, that he began to recognize himself as a transgender boy.
      Today, he´s in a waiting list to begin the psychological and hormonal treatment that will allow to make all the changes he desires. In “Sam”, what we´ll live is this Samuel´s waiting: his small achievements, his obstacles, and the reflections that will emerge from both.
      The first time we talked, Samuel said me something that I never forgot: “when you tell the people that I’m a trans boy, don´t forget tell them that I am more than that”. Our film will look to this small distance, between Sam and his loneliness, Sam and his fears, Sam and his vulnerability. Feelings that really cross us all, whenever we put ourselves in front of our own dreams.
      For us, “Sam” talks about a current Brazil, the country that most kills transsexuals in the world and where today, facing the far-rigth government of Bolsonaro, it´s forbidden to dream. Today we don´t know what will happen to Sam’s dream. But we know that his bravery to fight for it will make him grow up, crossing the frontier from adolescence to the adult life.