Born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1966, he studied social anthropology and, in the 1990s, lived and worked as a teacher in the Pataxó Indigenous community in Bahia. His directing debut, the animated film A Story of Love and Fury, won the Cristal du long métrage at the 2013 Annecy International Animation Film Festival and a Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. His second film, Ex Shaman, screened in the 2018 Panorama. He has made several documentary series and has also won a number of screenwriting awards. His writing work includes the Emmy-nominated series Elis and the screenplay for Just Like Our Parents which screened in the 2017 Panorama.