The First Fallen
In 1980s Brazil, three friends shut themselves off from society to communally survive AIDS and document their stories to ensure that they’re not forgotten.
Rodrigo de Oliveira
Johnny Massaro, Renata Carvalho, Vitor Camilo
Brazil 2021. 107min
Portuguese. With English subtitles
Sales FiGa Films
New Year’s Eve, 1983. Suzano has returned from his studies in Paris to spend time with his sister and nephew. Rose, a trans performer, prepares for her latest show at a party. And Humberto, recently arrived in the city, documents it all on shaky camcorder. The future looks bright for them all. But eight months later, all three friends find themselves early victims of the AIDS epidemic. While they don’t understand the disease they have, they are united in their diagnosis and the collective desire to survive through their limited means. Unflinching at times, but also joyful and poetic, Rodrigo de Oliveira’s film gives testimony to fictional victims and reminds us of the countless real people whose stories have been lost.
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