Last September 15, 2017, two Brazilians, one from Paulínia and the other from
Sumaré, was responsible for bringing to the audience the first children’s feature film, entirely
shot in 3D in Brazil, Danda, “o mão pelada” and a Uiara (Danda, the “naked hand” and
Produced by Álvaro Barbosa (who also plays the main character), the film was directed
by Wendell Stein and tells the story of Danda, a mysterious man who crosses Brazil facing and
expelling monsters, ghosts, and characters of the Brazilian folklore, this time faced with the
challenge of defeating Uiara, who is played by actress Bianca Reis.
The character came a long way until starring in a feature film. Four short films were
produced between 1988 and 2012 using everything from old super 8 equipment to the current
digital cameras, above and beyond a lot of creativity.
It was in 2002 that character creator Álvaro Barbosa presented to director Wendell Stein the idea
of taking Danda’s adventures to the 3D feature film format.
“There was a need for audiovisual material for children and youth in Brazil. Studios have
already been venturing into animation and comedy in 3D, but this is the first feature film for
children and youth with images captured in 3D. We are pioneers,” added Barbosa.
The film toured more than 4 Brazilian states and many cities and took almost 4 years to
The director points out two important characteristics of the film: “The first is that the
language used is a blend of Brazilian accents and regionalisms of the 1930s. In the first 10
minutes of the film, the audience gets apprehensive, but then people get used to the accent,
taking full advantage of the story. The second thing is the team: About 20 percent of them are
professional actors, the others are ordinary people who accepted the challenge of playing a
character in front of the cameras.”
Producer Álvaro Barbosa highlights the actors “Luís Marcatto, Bianca Reis, Rosa
Moreira, Edson Scofield, and many others who worked in this film. Everyone gave their best,
and I am eternally grateful for their participation. They added a lot to the work,” he said.
Stein points out that the film was shot with a lot of hard work and emotions. It is a
production that does not have a huge budget, and was shot using a good 3D camera. “It is like
a son, and I will always have a lot of affection for it!”, he said.
The opening session was on September 15, at TOPCINE, in Prado
Boulevard Campinas – Brazil.