Fernanda Pessoa and Chica Barbosa had been planning a collaboration on the political and collective agency of cinema since longer. In 2020, the two filmmakers tackle their longings for exchange in the form of audiovisual essays between São Paulo and Los Angeles: an experimental feminist film practice emerges in a video letter dialogue staged on the basis of collaborative and open authorship. In three-week cycles, a cinematic correspondence rooted in intimacy and friendship unfolds, which is set in relation to works by 16 other inspiring experimental women* filmmakers. A game with forms and formats, with excerpts of the authors’ concerns and the essential things that need to be shared with each other in life. VAI E VEM is a snapshot of Brazil and the USA in politically turbulent times, a sensual approach to communication in constant change, and a formal expression of the physical closeness of two friends that transcends the distance between the Northern and Southern Americas.
Screenplay: João César Monteiro
Camera: Mário Barroso
Sound: Jean-Claude Laureux
Editor: João Nicolau, Renata Sancho