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Livia Perez

second-year mfa students

Lívia Perez, M.A. is a filmmaker and media studies scholar. Her research and film work is focused on creating narratives with diverse medias to subvert hegemonic discourse that reflect on women, queer and global south citizens. Livia is currently working on an MFA project that purposes an encounter between queer feminist filmmakers from different generations.

Research Interests: 

Feminist Media Studies; Feminist Filmmaking, Women on Media; Queer Studies; Latinx and Latin America Studies; Feminisxht Media Practices; Decolonial Theory; Archives and Archival Practices; Feminist and Queer Historiography.

Education and Training: 
M.A., Multimedia, University of Campinas, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
B.A., Social Communication – Medialogy, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Selected Exhibitions: 

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Who Killed Eloa?, Canada, 2016.

Alliance for Women in Media - Southern California, Who Killed Eloa?, US, 2016  

It's All True - International Documentary Film Festival,  Lampiao da Esquina, Brazil.

DocsMX - International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City, Who Killed Eloa?, Mexico, 2016.               

IDFA: International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, Who Killed Eloa?, Netherlands, 2015.

Selected Publications: 

(forthcoming doctoral dissertation). Encounters with Norma Bahia Pontes - Works, Displacements and Deliriums of a Brazilian Lesbian Feminist Filmmaker, Videomaker and Essayist. Media and Audiovisual Processes Program, University of Sao Paulo, 2022.


From Cinema Novo to Lesbian Feminist Video: The Trajectory of Norma Bahia Pontes, REBECA, v.18, jul-dec, 2020.            


Book Review: Feminino e plural: Mulheres no cinema brasileiro (Female and Plural: Women on Brazilian Cinema), edited by Karla Holanda and Marina Cavalcanti Tedesco; Mulheres atrás das câmeras: As cineastas brasileiras de 1930 a 2018 (Women behind the Camera: Brazilian Filmmakers, 1930–2018), edited by Luiza Lusvarghi and Camila Vieira da Silva and Mulheres de cinema (Women of Cinema), edited by Karla Holanda, Film Quarterly, (2020) 74 (2): 122–125.


Who killed Eloa? Revised images and reframed looks, FILME CULTURA, v.63, p.32-35, 2018 (ISSN: 2177-3912).

Selected Presentations: 

"LGBTIA+ Resistance in Brazil: From the Military Dictatorship to the Current Reactionary Wave", Brazilian Resistance to the Reactionary Wave Series, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, 2020   

"Media and Performativity", XXV Visible Evidence, University of Indiana, Bloomington, USA, 2018

Honors and Awards: 

Academy Awards Oscar® qualified for Best Short Documentary – Carne (Flesh), 2021 

CAPES Fellowship Visiting Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S., 2020.

XXI Visible Evidence Fellowship for Filmmakers, University of Indiana, Bloomington, U.S., 2018

CAPES Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Sao Paulo, Ministry of Education, Brazil, 2017-2021

57th Annual Genii Awards - Best Short Documentary, Women in Media Southern California (AWM SoCal), US, 2016

Honorable Mention - MIX Brazil - 'Lampiao da Esquina' - Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2016.

MAEC-AECID Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain, 2015

ATLANTIDOC, Best Short ‘Who Killed Eloa?', Uruguay, 2015.

CAPES Fellowship for Master Studies, University of Campinas, Ministry of Education, Brazil, 2014-2016