Wall to Wall, with Petterle Films and Viva Productions, is behind HBO Max documentary series Flordelis: A Family Crime, scheduled for release in Brazil in December on the streaming platform.

Directed by Suemay Oram, the four-parter centres on the murder of Flordelis dos Santos de Souza’s husband, Pastor Anderson do Carmo, in 2019. In November 2022, the former congresswoman from Rio de Janeiro, Flordelis, who is also a pastor, was found guilty of having masterminded the crime with the help of three of her children. Three of her other children and one of her granddaughters were acquitted.

The former congresswoman hit the headlines in the 1990s after adopting 37 children in one night as they fled an attack at the Central do Brasil train station in downtown Rio de Janeiro. She went on to adopt more than 50 vulnerable children in total. Flordelis always preached that the family was “her greatest asset.”

After the murder, an HBO film crew followed Flordelis for more than a year and gained access to the main milestones of the case, such as her impeachment and her arrest. The series also includes intimate scenes of Flordelis with her family and closest friends, and interviews with police investigators, key witnesses, and the defense and prosecution’s legal teams. Through the twists and turns of the case, the series poses questions about greed, fame, religion, the role of the media in the justice system, and the meaning of family in today’s society.

The documentary is co-directed by Maurício Monteiro Filho, produced by Wall to Wall, in association with Petterle Films and Viva Productions, executive produced by Diene Petterle, Ralph Perring, and Leanne Klein, and produced by Fernando Mitjáns. Anouk Aaron, Sergio Nakasone and Paula Kirchner sign on as executive producers for Warner Bros. Discovery.


Pippa Considine

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