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The film that became a global movement reaching more than 8 million people.

One of the greatest advances in neuroscience is the discovery that babies are much more than a genetic load. The development of all human beings lies in the combination of genetics with the quality of the relationships we develop and the environment in which we are placed. The Beginning of Life invites everyone to reflect as part of society: are we taking good care of the early years of life, which define both the present and the future of humanity?

Impact movement

The film initiated a movement for the cause of early childhood, acting as the main tool for UNICEF’s global campaign. It was the most watched Brazilian documentary of 2016 *, in the first three months after its release more than 178 thousand people watched the movie in theaters and in special screenings.

Today, The Beginning of Life is available on several digital platforms in documentary format and also as a series in 190 countries. More than 8 million people around the world have already been inspired by this story.

*source ANCINE

Contributes with Sustainable Development Goals

Prêmios, indicações e festivais

  • Nominated to the Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro, 2017
  • ABC Cinematography Award for best photography
  • Nominated to the 12th Prêmio FIESP - SESI SP de Cinema e TV for best documentary, 2018

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Directed by: 

Estela Renner

Produced by:

Marcos Nisti, Luana Lobo and Estela Renner

Executive producer:

Eduardo de C. Queiroz, Marcos Nisti and Michael Feigelson


Ana Lucia Villela and Estela Renner

Distribution strategy:

Luana Lobo and Marcos Nisti

Distributed by:


Release year:





Estela Renner

Production director:

Juliana Borges

Photography director: Janice D’Avila

Assistant director: ​

Mari Mitre


Jordana Berg

Production coordinator:

​Geisa França


Ed Côrtes

Filming locations:

Canada, Brazil, India, China, Kenya, Italy, Argentina, United States of America, France and Japan.


96 min

Financial director:

Lilian Okada



Presented by: Fundação Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Alana Institute and UNICEF