Bay of All Saints

June 4, 8pm at the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge

Filmmakers  Annie Eastman / Diane Markrow in attendance for Q&A!

75 min, USA, 2012


Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, 2012 SXSW Film Festival


In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, shacks built on stilts over the ocean bay. When the government threatens to reclaim the bay in the name of ecological restoration, hundreds of families are about to lose their homes.

Bay of All Saints is a lyrical portrait of three single-mothers living in the water slums during this crisis. Their individual stories of poverty unfold through visits from Norato, their big-hearted refrigerator repairman, born and raised in the palafitas. As these women rise to fight for their future, they begin to see the bay in a whole new light.



The screening of Bay of All Saints will be preceded by an episode from Alex Jablonski’s Sparrow Songs, a project in which the filmmaker Alex Jablonski and cinematographer Michael Totten made and exhibited one short documentary per month, every month for one year.