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by Jean-Pierre Duret, Andréa Santana


Brazil. The state of Pernambouc. A huge service station at the side of an endless road. Cocada, 14, lives there, in an old truck, ever since his father was murdered. He has a dream, to become a truck driver. Nego lives in a favela; he wants to leave and make money. At night, the two boys wander about the service station, fascinated by the businesses that sell everything, abundant food, the movement of the trucks and travellers. Everything speaks to them about this big country which they don’t know at all. With this singular maturity that one gets very early in adversity, they question themselves about their identity and their future. Their only perspective: a road towards somewhere else.

international title: Because We Were Born
original title: Puisque nous sommes nés
country: France, Brazil
sales agent: UDI - Urban Distribution International
year: 2008
genre: documentary
directed by: Jean-Pierre Duret, Andréa Santana
film run: 90'
release date: FR 04/02/2009, BE 15/07/2009, NL 29/10/2009
cinematography by: Jean-Pierre Duret, Andréa Santana
film editing: Catherine Rascon
music: Martin Wheeler
producer: Muriel Meynard
production: Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo, Mikros Image, Kissfilms
distributor: Pierre Grise Distribution, Cinéart
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