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– Meia Lua
“With warmth and humor portrays the documentary Meia Luas relation to capoeira, family and relationships. En attraction and life-affirming story” – Rose-Marie Nilsson, nurse
“All educations that work with disabilities should use the film” – Ingeborg Löfgren, therapist
“As an immigrant or especially as refugee, you lose all sense belongingness, especially in countries like Sweden. It takes time to scope with the mentality here, just like the main character had to climb everyday to overcome his obstacle in his way.
” – Britt Gzl, dancer
with Director Ricardo Koanuka
Screen Resilience and embrace you uniqueness with Ricardo Koanuka.
Director, photo & editor
As a practitioner of capoeira I have often been questioned regarding my choice of Capoeira master with many highlighting the fact that Meia Lua could not do the basic steps due to his disability. However, I chose him because he tought me to be the owner of my thoughts despite any circumstances.
Producer & photo
I would like to make a film that inspires the audience to make positive decisions, encouraging them to pursue success regardless of their circumstances.
Through using Meia Lua as a role model, the documentary depicts how some parts of our life cannot be controlled. What remains is to accept and surrender to what is greater than us.
Meia Lua administrates his thoughts, which allows him to manage his internal conflicts and external resistance in everyday life. He inspires us to discover our self-worth.
Music Right Supervisor
For me this is a documentary with music and rhythm, which appeals me.
RESILIENCE is an important film with a heart touching story. Ricardo Koanuka and Christina Wallin have access to follow Meia Lua very closely and we get to take part of a rich and authentic documentary footage from Salvador in Brazil.
It is an honor to master the sound of Resilience. As a musician and capoeirista for many years, this movie was very hard not to like. With an utmost positive crew, Resilience has become contagious, with its smiles during hardship and the mindset of getting through all obstacles.
Resilience is a movie about survival against all odds, challenging yourself and the strength of being independent. I think the story of Meia Lua can inspire anyone to find his or her own way in life.
Meia Lua and his family, who generously shared their stories.
Kalle Gartberger (Malmö, Skåne, Sweden) who believed in the project and the team from the start.
Eliecim Fidelis (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) who contributed to the film's title, interviewed the main character and was a support in Brazil.
Leni Nilsson (Huntingdon, England) translated the website but also improved language and content.
Sarah Jane Houlihan (Malmö, Skåne, Sweden) English subtitles.
“We had some great feedback from the audience about the festival, including from a few people who said they enjoyed Resilience in particular.” – Mija Gwyn, TOFF Director.
“The first award in the category of documentary film "Resilience" directed by Ricardo Koanuka for his portrayal of the hero: his energy, joy of life and ordinary human wisdom”
“— I fell in love with his mind-set, how he found a way to grow. He was first afraid and went through a difficult time, he was hiding. But from one day to another, he changed his mind. Some need a coach to make a breakthrough, but not him. How did he find the strength within himself? The film is about a man who overcame his mental limits and when we showed the film in Brazil, everyone understood that message — that we can do much more than we think. It was also a message for me at the time. When we met, I went through a difficult time, says Ricardo. Ricardo Koanuka has now started a project called Outside the Comfort Zone and has put up motivational videos on their Facebook page. — The more you do things that are beyond one's comfort zone, the larger it becomes, explains Christina Wallin. The filmmakers also hope to work with school audiences to come. — We will work with FilmCentrum and put the movie into their catalog for cinema in school. Then we will also give lectures, says Christina Wallin. ”
“— Resilience means resistance. Meanwhile, they worked with the film, Christina Wallin and Ricardo Koanuka follow Meia Lua's every-day experiences closely. Together they have transformed his story to film. Synchronicity means that coincidence has a meaning; the word is tattooed on the arm of Ricardo Koanuka. Ricardo himself grew up in Brazil but with a different reality in the middle class, and got to know Meia Lua after a teacher invited him to lecture at the university: — No one understood why we became friends. But I was looking for something within me that this guy had, and I felt I must learn from him. They have a common passion for the Brazilian martial art capoeira. — He gave me something no one else has given me, and I felt it was my responsibility to convey that feeling to others. — For me, the story was about not letting you be limited. To be active and challenge your circumstances instead of taking for granted that you are going to use a wheelchair or put on prosthesis when it might rather hinder, says Christina. ”
“After the fatal mistake by a doctor paralyzes Meia Lua in both legs, who lives in a shanty town in Brazil. This new reality is hard for Meia Lua to come to terms with and he struggles with strong feelings of shame and low self-esteem. With time, he realizes that what really paralyzes him is his attitude – and the wheelchair. Through hard training, he develops his own unique way to get around in and he decides furthermore to be champion in capoeira. But there exists a thing Meia Lua still has to struggle for – to provide a home for his son.”
“Overcome with spiritual
I am capoeira teacher and one of my teachers invited a person to do a lecture at my school, a special person he wanted us to meet. Meia Lua came to my class and started talking about capoeira. From there we started working together in capoeira and learned more and more together. I helped him and he helped me. We come from different social circumstances and people did not understand why we were buddies. My parents did not understand. But I immediately felt there was something special and good in him, says Ricardo Koanuka. The message that we want to share with the people; that one should be brave, trust yourself and move on.
Resilience is a film that is based on cooperation between Sweden and Brazil, between woman and man, between different ways of seeing things. Christina and Ricardo hope to do something in Malmö to pay attention to the film and that might be able to bring Meia Lua here. For one thing, Ricardo wants to convey through the film is most important, he thinks. When you give, then the world gives back.”
“Meia Lua got his nickname
(half-moon) because his smile glows in the dark. He lives in
one of Brazil’s favelas' and climbs the steep hills there,
walking on all four with Havaianas' on his hands. Nothing is
allowed to get in the way of his dream of living together
with his son.
- Maja Kekonius”
“We need to see life in a
positive way," says the Brazilian documentary filmmaker on
Resilience The film tells the story of 'Meia Lua', (Half
Moon) a capoeirista who overcame disabilities.
Ricardo Koanuka is an outstanding Brazilian. Who talks to him, soon realizes that the love for life and the positive things outweigh any difficulty. And it was with this feeling he faces life when he decided to go to Sweden and seek support to launch the Resilience documentary. Filmmaker, life coach and teacher of capoeira seven years ago the Brazilian Ricardo Koanuka traded his job in a Norwegian company to take the work as a teacher of capoeira in Sweden. ”
“...Sidney was born without disabilities, however, at ten months of age, when applying him an injection in the spine, he becames paralyzed. Over time, he developed a walking technique, became capoeira master and street artist. "He's a guy full of energy who never feels limited or decreased. Stories like that inspires me. This is a job we did with much love. Our goal was to show that, despite all the difficulties experienced by Sidney, he managed to transform his reality. What made me write and shoot his story was just that, the fact that he transforms all the negativity in your favor, says the filmmaker. City of Africa. The documentary also shows the streets of Salvador, sights such as Pelourinho and Mercado Modelo, the Sao Joaquim and São Caetano, following the routine work of the character, who travels on buses from the capital with his performance of singing. We have come to town to tell the story of Sidney, a story of resilience and inclusion, which makes us very proud. In addition, the doc is also a milestone for Bahia as a state to reach out. In addition to the sights, we show the city as it is, a savior that no one sees, our baianidade and especially the African part of Bahia...”
“...The film speaks of capoeira in the social inclusion process...”
“...The film, which deals with the life of Sidney Santos, also known as Meia Lua (Half Moon), portrays the power of capoeira in the social inclusion process.. Filmed in Salvador and edited in Sweden, "Resilience" took four years to complete and will be presented in several international festivals such as the Göteborg Film Festival (Gothenburg, Sweden), the Film Festival Tempo (Stockholm, Sweden) and Picture This Film Festival (Calgary, Canada). "We got support from the Swedish government, which believed in the idea, and financial support in order to realize this project. We intend to bring Meia Lua to attend some of these festivals in Europe, "says Koanuka...”
“Our participation in the International Capoeira festival, Capoeiragem, which is the world's capoeira event, is a recognition of the public. The goal is to enhance the culture of inclusion through capoeira, says the filmmaker.”
“Ricardo Koanuka presents his documentary....”
“Brazilian living in Sweden starts world tour with the documentary Resilience....”
“Brazilian living in Sweden starts world tour with the documentary Resilience... Documentary - 27 minutes long, Resilience was shot in Salvador, between the years 2012 and 2014, with editing and finishing in Sweden last year, and had the support of producer Christina Wallin. The doc tells the story of a man who, despite all the real difficulties that life has imposed faced all obstacles with resilience.”
“The world tour of the documentary, Resilience starts in Salvador for invited on 15, 21 and 22 of January. In the dictionary, resilience is a combination of factors that lead to the human condition to face and overcome problems and adversities. In real life, it has a name: Sidney Santos or Meia Lua, Half Moon, as he is known and he is the main character in the movie. The filmmaker is Brazilian but is living in Sweden, Ricardo Koanuka, which depicts, among other things, the power of capoeira in the social inclusion of Sidney development. The result will be presented to the Bahia on Friday (15) at an event for guest, in Ciranda Café in the neighborhood Rio Vermelho, Salvador, at 20h, followed by debate and show the Morena Dub band..”
“The Brazilian-Swedish director of the documentary Resilience A Documentary, Ricardo Koanuka, is screening the movie for invited, now when he is in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil at Ciranda Café and at V Festival Internacional De Capoeiragem at Forte da Capoeira..”
“Christina Wallin and the baiano, Ricardo Koanuka are coming in December from Malmö, Sweden, for another summer season between the Vilas do Atlantico and Salvador. This time, during it, they will make the first display in special session to guests and moviegoers of Resilience documentary, the story of a person that fight to overcome the adversities imposed by his own destiny.”
“Baiano based in Malmö, Sweden, Ricardo Koanuka will come to Salvador to launch the documentary Resilience, in January 2016. The short film of 28 minutes filmed in the city, tells the story of Sydney Santos, known as half Moon, who, without being able to walk, became capoeira master. “A medical error caused a paralyzation in his legs,” Ricardo says. “He went through a long period of suffering. But with persistence, he developed a locomotion technique, using arms and legs and hands and feet. ” Ricardo Koanuka get financial support from Malmö city council for the documentary. The idea came when he was in college in Salvador. “I studied physical education. In a class, the teacher said we would receive a visit from a special person. It was Meia Lua. I thought, “This man has something to teach me,” he recalls. The shooting of the movie began 4 years ago. "I invited a Swedish producer, Christina Wallin, to join the project.” The director plans to screen Resilience also in Sweden and Canada..”
„The Brazilian-Swedish Ricardo Koanuka is in Bahia finishing the documentary Resilience that will be released in mid of the year. Ricardo take off to Denmark today, where he will be trained as the first Brazilian certified in the art The passion Test for young directors, the American Jannet Attwood.„
“Ricardo Koanuka, a Director from Bahia, Brazil, naturalized Swedish, and the producer Christina Wallin, with cultural encouragement from the Swedish government came to Bahia to film the documentary Resilience. It portrays the life of master Meia Lua, a capoeirista who became disabled at 2 years of age and today is an example for all, of overcoming trials and tribulations.”
In the newspaper Bahia Noticias social column: “Ricardo Koanuka, who originally is from Bahia and now lives in Malmö, Sweden, has returned to Salvador with Christina Wallin to produce a film and documentary. The documentary portrays Meia Lua who is physically disabled, working in the city buses with a big smile, projecting positive energy to his surroundings.”