About the Film

After his mother’s sudden death, Socrates, a 15-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo’s coast, must survive on his own. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point. Produced by Ramin Bahrani (99 HOMES) and filmed with a micro budget of under twenty thousand dollars, SOCRATES is the debut feature film from Brazilian-American director Alexandre Moratto. It is the first feature produced by the Querô Institute in Brazil where it was co-written, produced, and acted by at-risk teenagers from local low-income communities, with the support of UNICEF.


Winner: Film Independent Spirit Awards, Someone To Watch Award
Winner: Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Special Mention of The International Jury & Inaugural Mermaid Award
Winner: Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Special Jury Award, Outstanding Performance by an Actor
Winner: São Paulo International Film Festival, Honorable Mention of the International Jury
Winner: Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival, Felix Award
Winner: Woodstock Film Festival, Ultra Indie Award
Winner: Mix Brasil Festival, Best Film, Best Director & Best Actor
Winner: Festival de Gostoso, Honorable Mention

Official Selections

Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival | Mannheim-Heidelberg Int'l Film Festival | Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma | São Paulo Int'l Film Festival | Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival | Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival | Havana Film Festival | Los Angeles Film Festival | Woodstock Film Festival | Mix Brazil Festival | Festival de Gostoso | TIFF Next Wave | Miami Film Festival | Massimadi Festival