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There are desires that not even torture or imprisonment can restrain, freedom and justice. Former president Dilma Rousseff and her former cellmates tell the remarkable story of their time together in Tiradentes Prison in the 70’s. The Maiden’s Tower was the name used to refer to the female cells of the prison. The film recreates the cells and space where they were incarcerated. Forty-five years after the Brazilian dictatorship of the 80s, the women reunite to break the silence and fear. They discuss their lives while in the prison and under a violent dictatorship. Maiden’s Tower is a collective memory by the women who believe that resistance is the only way to be free.


Susanna Lira graduated with a degree in International Law and Human Rights. She has directed over 10 documentaries that were showcased in several international film festivals. She has directed and written TV series for media companies such as HBO, TV Globo, Al Jazeera, among others. Her most acclaimed films include "Não Saia Hoje" (2016) won the silver medal at The New York Film Festival, "Clara Estrela" (2017) showcased at Lisbon's MUVI festival and "Samba Ladies"(2015) presented in the Brazilian Film Festival in Russia, Festival Autres Brésils in France, and many others.


Festival Du Film Francophone D'albi
Porto Femme Film Festivalfilm Festival
Celebration March of The Daisies
International With Gender Perspective
Festival Tenemos Que Ver Uruguay
Dourados Show
Caravan "Between Women Filmmakers" _ Mexico
Caravan "Between Women Filmmakers" _ Lebanon
International Documentary Film Festival Masterdoc!
International Film Festival Of Paris
Femcine Chile 2018
International Festival Du Films De Femmes_Creteil_França Official
Selection_Festival De Havana
Official Selection Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival
Sercine Sergipe Aruanda
Special Jury Award – Brasilia Film Festival
Jury Award Best Documentary – Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival
Audience Award Best Documentary – Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival
Best Documentary Director – Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival
Best Documentary – Atlantidoc, International Documentary Film Festival Of Uruguay
People’s Choice Best Film – São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
Honorable Mention – Santiago Del Estero Film Festival, Argentina


Catalog # EPF16029 ● ISBN: 978-1-933724-69-0 ● UPC: 6-82086-16029-0 ● NTSC

97 Minutes ● Copyright 2018 ● Portuguese, English Subtitles