May 17, 2019

Umiharu launches the movie “Mundo Sem Porteira”

The documentary warns against sexual exploitation of children and adolescents on Brazilian highways. It will be launched on May 28 and can be viewed on Umiharu’s YouTube channel

Umiharu launches the movie “Mundo Sem Porteira”

The documentary warns against sexual exploitation of children and adolescents on Brazilian highways.

It will be launched on May 28 and can be viewed on Umiharu’s YouTube channel

São Paulo, May 17, 2019 – A warning against sexual exploitation of children and adolescents on Brazilian highways. With this purpose, Umiharu Produções Culturais e Cinematográficas will launch the documentary Mundo Sem Porteira(a world with no gates) on May 28.

The movie, which is scripted and directed by moviemaker Gisela Arantes, addresses the paths taken in 20 years for facing the problem and points out future perspectives for a more inclusive and fair society.

“The time game with maturity of the cause after 21 years alludes to the hope of greater maturity by the Brazilian society regarding this awareness and effective action”, says Gisela.

The 27-minute short film, with a multicausal view of the problem and of how to solve it, presents several statements, giving voice to truck drivers, protection organizations, teachers, specialists, human rights leaders, young people involved, among others.

The movie is supported by the Cultural Incentive Law of the State of São Paulo (Lei PROAC) and is sponsored by C&A, Gerdau and Klabin.

Technical consultancy is provided by a social organization part of the World Childhood Foundation called Childhood Brasil, which has been fighting the problem for over 20 years, mainly through the program On the Right Track (Na Mão Certa).

“The narrative line underlying the statements is based on the real story of Thaís. It reveals the experiences of several girls who have suffered sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and abandonment. Many voices were heard, represented by the poetic drama of their journey”, tells Gisela.

The film soundtrack was composed by André Abujamra and Eron Guarnieri. In addition, it has plastically beautiful images by photography director Luís Villaça revealing the universe of highways and their characters.

In its conception, the film includes the gate (porteira), a fictional element that gives the movie its name and plays homage to Guimarães Rosa. It is a poetic metaphor that shows an ideal world where children in their diversity play and have fun together and are free.

Much based on research, including research pieces carried out by the Federal Universities of Rio Grande do Sul and Sergipe, supported by Childhood Brasil, and on a series of statements from women that were sexually exploited in their childhood and youth, Mundo Sem Porteira, intends to raise awareness and inspire initiatives so that more people, companies and organizations join this cause.  

The movie can be seen from May 28 on Umiharu’s YouTube channel (

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Sexual exploitation of children and adolescents – Human rights violation

Sexual exploitation of children and adolescents is one of the more perverse forms of violation of human dignity and rights. Vulnerability is especially greater in Brazil due to a high rate of children and adolescents living in poverty and extreme poverty, creating situations that may lead to sexual exploitation of boys and girls.


– 60 million children and adolescents live in Brazil (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics – IBGE, 2010).

– 46% of children and adolescents under the age of 14 live in households with income per capita up to half the minimum wage (IBGE, 2010).

– 132 thousand families are headed by children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14 (IBGE, 2010).

– 2,487 points vulnerable to sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in the federal highways (Federal Road Police – PRF, 2017/2018).

– 4,059,137 accusations of child pornography on the Internet via the National Cyber ??Crimes Reporting Center in the last 13 years (Safernet, 2019).

– Around 527 thousand people are raped in Brazil each year. Children and adolescents account for more than 70% of the victims.
Source: Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), 2014

– It is estimated that less than 10% of the cases are notified to authorities. *Source: National Research on Victimization (2013), SENASP, Datafolha and Crespi.

– Sexual violence against children is more common among girls. Accusations with female victims represent between 71.8% and 83.5%. *Source: Disque 100 and VIVA/SUS System.

– One in 10 children and adolescents will be sexually abused before turning 18. *Source: NGO Darkness to Light.

Gisela Arantes – Script Writer and Director of the movie

Author, Director, Moviemaker, Cultural Producer, Actress and Arts Teacher

Gisela graduated in moviemaking from the Anhembi-Morumbi University. She is also an actress that studied at the Célia Helena Acting School and with great masters like Klaus Viana, Denise Stoklos, Luís Alberto de Abreu and J. C. Viola, among others. Gisela enhanced her moviemaking skills by taking courses from Caio Gullane, Lauro Escorel, and several professionals in Total Cinema, from the National Institute of Cinema.

She is qualified as a cultural producer and studied cultural marketing, third sector management and entrepreneurship. She also has certifications by Sebrae (Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service).

The expertise she gained during years of performing in the Glub Glub show of Rede Cultura, with more than 700 shows aired, and all her experience as a successful actress, director and producer, together with her knowledge of education and as a cinema graduate, has led Gisela to conceive Umiharu, where she creates and implements cultural projects. With performances in Italy, Portugal, Japan and throughout Brazil, Gisela is responsible for the original conception, development and management of the projects signed by Umiharu.

About Umiharu     

With the purpose of democratizing culture, Umiharu offers its own creations and tailored projects, leading to an interaction between Gisela’s company and the community/public authorities. With quality, innovation, commitment and transparency, Umiharu adds value to the brand of its sponsors: Coca-Cola Femsa, Rabobank, Usiminas, Gerdau, Nestlé, 3M, Duratex/ Deca, Braskem, Pernambucanas, C&A, Klabin, ABN Amro, HSBC, Banco Sumitomo, Novartis and Sandoz. Furthermore, it has partnerships in projects of UN Women and Childhood.

Devoted to the creation and diffusion of a humanist culture, Umiharu is a reference in Creative Economy, by direct investment or investment through Culture Incentive Laws. Its projects have impacted thousands of people: ÁGUA, ARTE E SUSTENTABILIDADE, Tall Poppies Queensland international award, 40,000 people, 13 cities; RADIO PROGRAM NA MÃO CERTA, 65,000 DVDs; BLOCO DO POVO ENCANTADO, success in 5 cities, 7,000 people; CÉSAR, IMPERADOR URBANO, a short-film shown at Cinemateca Brasileira and in festivals; É VOCÊ QUEM DECIDE, a short film displayed at MIS and circuit; PALADAR BRASILEIRO, a long movie distributed in DVD; only to name a few.


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