This accomplished debut feature by Cássio Pereira dos Santos gives powerful expression to the struggles of a young transgender teenager in Brazil. Valentina and her mother move to a small rural town hoping to make a fresh start. When enrolling in a new school, Valentina comes up against bureaucratic barriers and must get the signature of her estranged father in order to enroll with her new name. With a strong central performance by trans actress Thiessa Woinbackk, Valentina provides vital representation to the Brazilian trans experience and is an empowering portrait of a young woman fighting for her rights.

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