SKIN OF GLASS
SKIN OF GLASS
SKIN OF GLASS
SKIN OF GLASS
A journey to reckon with Brazil’s harsh inequality begins when the filmmaker discovers her father’s architectural masterpiece is occupied by homeless people

SKIN OF GLASS

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AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD - ¡Viva el Cine! - Mill Valley Film Festival | BEST FEATURE -Barcelona International Architecture Film Festival | BEST FEATURE - Milan Design Film Festival | FINALIST - Venice Architecture Film Festival

Art, Architecture & Urban Planning • Housing Activism • Human Rights • Latin American Studies • Brazilian Studies • Family Story


Date of Completion: 2023 | Run Time: 90 minutes​​ | Language: Portuguese, English & French  | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Producer & Director: Denise Zmekhol | Written by: Denise Zmekhol, Ellen Bruno & Josh Peterson | Edited by: Josh Peterson | Co-Producers: Leah Mahan, Amir Soltani, Richard O'Connell & Nathalie Seaver

A poetic and personal cinematic meditation on displacement and loss, SKIN OF GLASS follows filmmaker Denise Zmekhol’s journey after discovering that her late father's most celebrated work as an architect, a modernist glass skyscraper in the heart of São Paulo, Brazil, has become occupied by hundreds of homeless families. In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Zmekhol connects with the residents of the building seeking to understand how São Paulo’s most vulnerable found shelter within a modernist icon from Brazil’s golden age of architecture. Delicately interweaving the personal and political, SKIN OF GLASS is a profound and moving reflection of the country’s own evolution during eras of darkness, transformation, and rebirth.