Housemaids (Doméstica)

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Countries: Brazil
Year: 2013
Running Time: 76 min
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles


Seven adolesecents take on the mission of filming, for one week, their family’s housemaids, and hand over the footage to the director to make a film. The images that confront us uncover the complex relationship that exists between housemaids and their employers, a relationship that confuses intimacy and power in the workplace and provides us with an insight into the echoes of a colonial past that linger in contemporary Brazil.

About the Director

Gabriel Mascaro

Biography: Gabriel Mascaro (1983) lives and works in Recife (Brazil). He graduated in Social Comunication from the Federal University of Pernambuco. His work explores the negotiation of power relationships in their most diverse forms. Spanning cinema and the visual arts, his work has been shown at the Contemporary Art Museums of Barcelona, MOMA Documentary Fortnight – New York, La Casa Escendida – Madrid, AB4 Athens Biennale, 32nd Panorama of Brazilian Art at MAM-SP, Videobrasil and at important film festivals, such as Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Visions du Rèel, IDFA, Munich, Jihlava, Bafici, Los Angeles, Miami, IndieLisbon, Bratislava, Bangkok. His work has been reviewed in various magazines, including Variety (USA), Cahiers du Cinema (FRA). Mascaro participated in the Videobrasil/Videoformes Artist in Residence Program (FRA) and has been awarded at Videobrasil with another residency at Wexner Center for Art -Ohio (USA).

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Housemaids (2015);
August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) (2015).

The Beetle KFZ-1348 (2008);
High-Rise (2009);
Avenida Brasilia Formosa (2010);
As Aventuras de Paulo Bruscky (2010);
Housemaids (2013);
A Onda Traz, O Vento Leva (2012);
August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) (2014);
Neon Bull (2015).