Jogos Dirigidos

Directed Games
Jogos Dirigidos creates a language experience. In the Várzea Queimada community, located in the Sertão of Piauí, the backcountry of the northeastern Brazilian state, a place with about 900 inhabitants and a high rate of deaf population, access to water and public investment is scarce, as is the learning of Libras, the official Brazilian sign language. In the face of all these limitations, Várzea Queimada’s deaf community created their own language.
The film features body and speech exercises and an improvised outdoor stage for spontaneous testimonials from a group of 18 local characters, men and women. Most of the statements, many of them untranslated, are revised phrase by phrase, linking gestures to words and systematizing Várzea Queimada’s gestural lexicon as if we were facing an educational video that teaches a new language, beyond its universe and its own questions.
by Jonathas de Andrade
with Celina Barbosa de Carvalho, Claudiana Barbosa de Carvalho, Denilson de Carvalho, Elizabete Isabel da Cruz Barbosa, Francisco Antonio da Silva, Gildeto Silva Batista, Irene Joana da Silva, Laise de Araujo Barros, Manoel Franscisco de Carvalho, Reginaldo Joao Barbosa
Brazil 2019 Portuguese 26’ Colour Documentary form


  • Celina Barbosa de Carvalho
  • Claudiana Barbosa de Carvalho
  • Denilson de Carvalho
  • Elizabete Isabel da Cruz Barbosa
  • Francisco Antonio da Silva
  • Gildeto Silva Batista
  • Irene Joana da Silva
  • Laise de Araujo Barros
  • Manoel Franscisco de Carvalho
  • Reginaldo Joao Barbosa


Written and Directed by Jonathas de Andrade
Cinematography Ivo Lopes
Montage Tita, Fábio Costa Menezes
Music Homero Basilio
Sound Design Mauricio D'Orey
Sound Rafael Travassos
Production Design Priscila Gonzaga
Production Manager Vanessa Barbosa
Producer Jonathas de Andrade
Commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Produced by

Jonathas de Andrade

Jonathas de Andrade

Jonathas de Andrade, born in 1982 in Maceió, Brazil, lives and works in Recife. He uses photography, installation, and video to traverse collective memory and history, making use of strategies that shuffle fiction and reality. He collects and catalogues architecture, images, texts, life stories and recomposes a personal narrative of the past. His work has been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions in museums and art institutions.


2010 4000 disparos (4000 shots); 60 min. · Pacifico; 12 min. 2014 O Levante (The Uprising); 8 min. 2016 O caseiro (The Housekeeper); 12 min. · O peixe (The Fish); 37 min. 2017 Voyeristico (Voyeuristic); 4 min. 2019 Jogos Dirigidos (Directed Games); 26 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020