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Film - The Beginning of Life


This is inspirational film based movement that aims to raise awareness on the importance of the first years of a person´s life. How fundamental it is to take good care of such sensitive period, that goes from conception to 6 years of age, understanding the impact that it has today and on the future.

The film shows how science has proven why this is such an important period, and at the same time portraits the challenges of families with young children in Brazil and around the world.

The Beginning of Life invites everyone to reflect as a society: are we taking good care of this unique moment, which defines both the present and the future of humankind?

Take part of this movement


    Unique moments for life

    Early Childhood is an important window of opportunity that, if properly cared for, will contribute to the full development of the individual, creating positive impacts for life.


    Working for the future

    When we invest in Early Childhood, therefore ensuring that children have what they need to develop and grow, we give them a chance to create a better life for themselves and for their future.


    A global movement

    It is important to everyone, everywhere!
    We invite you to join forces with us, helping spread the message across, bringing to the worldwide agenda the importance of early childhood development and the impact on the future of our children.

Human beings learn more – and faster – from conception to three years of age, than in the rest of their lives.

Andrew Meltzoff
Ph.D. and researcher at University of Washington

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“The Beginning of Life”, invites everyone to reflect as a society: are we taking good care of this unique moment, which defines both the present and future of humankind? Check it out!


Team of specialists

Interviews with leading Early Childhood Development researchers and specialists worldwide contribute to the reflection that babies are far more than a genetic load and the development of all human beings lies on the combination of genetics, the quality of the relationships and the environment they are set on.

A worldwide perspective

The film portrays families of different countries, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds in the pursuit to thrive, of what makes us different and what is essential for everyone. The production team visited several countries searching for ways to weave this broad patchwork of habits, realities and understandings about the importance of these early years. How close is theory from practice?

Filmed in 8 countries

Brazil, USA, Canada, Italy, China, Argentina, India and Kenya.

For everyone

Subtitled in: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Italian and Arabic.

One theme, many variations

82 shoots e 170 interviews
More than 400 hours of footage Documentary, TV Series, Web Series

Film direction

Film director, screenwriter and partner at Maria Farinha Films, Estela Renner lived in the US for seven years, working with audiovisual productions and studying for her masters in Motion Pictures.
She worked as assembler for MGM and as screenwriter and director of award-winning short films in Los Angeles, as well as in sitcoms. She has directed several films in Brazil like “Children, Target Market”, about the effects of publicity in childhood, "Way Beyond Weight", about childhood obesity epidemy in Brazil and worldwide, and “Drops Of Joy”, about the importance of valuing and embracing play in our lives.


Babies are all beautiful seeds. It is our role as a society to make this ground a fertile one so all of the seeds blossom with their amazing and limitless inner spark.

Estela Renner
Film director and Screenwriter

Presented by

Fundação Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal 


Maria Farinha Filmes