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 while coming to terms with his grief. 

Socrates was produced by a crew of 16-20-year-olds from the Querô Institute, a UNICEF-supported project that provides social inclusion through filmmaking to underrepresented youths in the Baixada Santista region of São Paulo, Brazil. 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.


Winner: Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Special Mention of The International Jury
Winner: Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 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
Winner: Mix Brasil Festival, Best Director
Winner: Mix Brasil Festival, 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 of Diversity
Festival de Gostoso
TIFF Next Wave