The assassination of Marielle Franco mobilised an entire generation of Black women into Brazilian politics. From street demonstrations to the ballot box, Seeds: Black Women to the Front follows the journeys of women who stand in the 2018 election.
The murder of Marielle Franco sent a message loud and clear: “If you are a Black woman who fights for Black women, you will be killed”. The intention was to silence them, but instead it got the opposite reaction. Black women took to the streets to make their voices heard, and when election time came, there was a 93% increase in Black women volunteering to stand for political office.
Marielle’s death also brought home just how far Brazil was tipping into fascism under Bolsenaro. There was a need to present anti-fascist candidates across the board. If the rise of the far right went unchallenged, there soon might be no democracy left to defend.
Seeds is a great documentary for showing a wide diversity of women who stand, from different parties, from different backgrounds, trans women, religious women, working class and educated women, women from favelas. They stand on an anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-queerphobic platform.
Come ups and downs, come win or lose, there is no going back, they have the inspiration and the confidence, they understand their worth and importance of their voice. This is Marielle’s legacy.