Based on the book by Denise Paraná, Lula, Son of Brazil is a richly produced, deeply moving
story of the early years of Brazil’s most beloved president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Not to be
construed as a film about a politician, or a president, this is more to the point an incredible story
of perseverance, family, love, honor, resilience, heroism… a story so fantastic, that it could work
Born into extreme poverty in 1945, Lula was guided by a strong mother (Glória Pires in an
award-winning performance as Dona Lindu) who faced overwhelming obstacles to raise her
children with the drive and courage to live life without fear. Lindu, who was abandoned by her
husband just before Lula’s birth, never wavered from her strict commitment to seeing that her
kids live a better life. She raised eight children on her own, and with an unbridled tenacity, she
saw to it that each child lived life to the fullest.
Lula spent the better part of his childhood growing up just outside of Santos, Brazil. When he
wasn’t in school, he helped support the family. He hustled — shining shoes, selling fruit,
working as a delivery boy… Life got better and, as fate would have it, he was soon accepted to
study at SENAI, a technical school from which he graduated in 1963. As a full-fledged member
of the union, Lula found his path to a life in politics. However it wasn’t until he experienced an
intense personal transformation following the startling death of his first wife and unborn son,
that Lula found the courage and ambition he needed to take full control of his destiny. This
“common man” who overcame incredible adversity would soon rise to become one of the
world’s most extraordinary men.
By 2010, Time Magazine had declared Lula one of the “Most Influential People in the World” and
Forbes ranked him as “One of the World’s Most Powerful People.” He was named the “Man of
the Year” by Le Monde and El Pais, and Esquire hailed him as “One of the Most Influential People
of the 21st Century.”
Lula, Son of Brazil is directed by Fábio Barreto and produced by his sister Paula Barreto for L.C.
Barreto, the legendary film production company started by their parents in 1961. The film was
chosen as Brazil’s entry to the 2011 Academy Awards.
FILMES DO EQUADOR
ROMULO MARINHO JR.
Based on the book Lula, O Filho do Brasil by Denise Paraná
Lula at 7 years old
Lula at 15 years old
Lambari at 15 years old
Lurdes at 13 years old
RUI RICARDO DIAZ
FERNADO ALVEZ PINTO