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Isabel Joffily

Director and producer, Coevos Filmes
Rio de Janeiro, RJ BR
Available for Full Time
Available for Freelance
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Documentarist and teacher.


ISABEL JOFFILY got her bachelor degree in Social Sciences by UFRJ and in 2015 she graduated as Master of Visual Arts by UERJ. Isabel Joffily began her directing career with the documentary short THE PORTRAIT OF CAMEM D. (2015), selected to more than 15 national and international festivals, such as Visions du Réel and It’s All True IFF.. In 2021, Isabel directed her first feature documentary AFTER SPRING, selected to Cinelatino - Rencontres de Toulouse, Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema and Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, among others. Isabel produced A SYMPHONY FOR A COMMON MAN (2022), selected to Hot Docs, IDFA and It’s All True IFF, where it received an Editing Award and a Special Mention. Isabel also wrote and produced 7 HAIRCUTS IN CONGO, selected to Doc Lisboa, Olhar de Cinema (Curitiba Int’l Film festival), where it received the Best Brazilian Movie Award, and Rio IFF, where it received a Special Mention. Isabel Joffily was part of IDFA Academy 2023.

Featured Work

A Symphony for a Common Man

Brazilian ambassador, Bustani, the first director of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, tried to avoid the destruction of Iraq but was forced out, under pressure from the USA. Today, similar situations are repeating themselves in the multilateral organizations.

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A Portrait of Carmem D.

Carmem Dametto, 72, psychiatrist, receives her patients in her home office, located at her spacious house, where her daughter Marcela, who used to swim in the garden pool, also lives. In the past, the pool's water was light blue, but nowadays the pool is no longer in use and is all covered with moss.

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After Spring

Syrian brothers Adel and Hadi Bakkour take to the streets of Rio de Janeiro to fight for democracy in the country where they chose to live. History repeats itself: years before they had to leave Aleppo because they were asking for freedom. They left behind their mother, Lawahez, and their father, Abdo. The family finally reunites in a changing Brazil.

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Foreign Soldier

Different stages of the same choice: being part in a large army of a foreign nation. Even with distinct routes, the aspirant, the combatant and the veteran share desires that reveal contradictions of their country of origin, Brazil.

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