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Get to know our Afro-Brazilian Art Director Lua.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Jacaraipe, it used to be a small fishing village located on the coast of Espirito Santo, Brazil. 
I like to say that if you still never heard about Espirito Santo you are doing wrong in life.

Which project have you enjoyed working on the most?

“Chapter XVII.” was my first project with @ Rush so it  has a special place in my heart, but “Pandemia – Black Lives Matter” was personally really important because it helped me to figure out what creative drives me.

If you could work with anyone who would it be & why? 

Spike Lee, he is definitely my biggest reference because he creates with no fear. The way he adds his culture elements is just beautiful, real and necessary. I’d love working on a project with him where I could do the same but adding the Afro-Brazilian spicy.

Greatest athlete ever is? 

Ronaldinho Gaúcho, he is just brilliant.

What inspires you? 

My culture, my people, my country. There’s no such thing as being inspired by your own experiences.

What excites you about working with film such as 16mm and super 8? 

Well, I’m definitely an old school soul type of person.  The world is so fast consuming today, everything is digitalized and straightforward.  Working with film is about going back in time, slowing down and being patient. We usually have to wait weeks to get the negatives developed and scans back to see the results and every single time we get super excited as if we were little kids opening their presents on Christmas Eve.

Best movie of all time?

Picking just one is hard, but I’d say Queen & Slim. I love everything about this movie, the cinematography, the fact it was all shot on 35mm film, directed and written by two talented black women and how the film is incredibly socially relevant. I’ve read Lena Waithe’s screenplay a few times and  it’s just a beautiful piece of how art does really reflect the times. 

Favorite meal from Brasil? 

Torta and moqueca capixaba a million times!!!!