Barbara Paz is a Brazilian actress, director and producer. She graduated from the Macunaíma Theatre School and from the Antunes Centre for Theatre Research (CPT) and is a long-standing member of TAPA, a São Paulo based performing arts group. She has performed in over 25 plays by a wide range of playwrights from Oscar Wilde to Tennessee Williams. In 2013, in recognition of her distinguished acting career, the Ministry of Culture awarded her the Medalha Cavaleiro (Knight's Medal).
Barbara is also under permanent contract to TV Globo and has played in many of their soap operas and mini-series. She is the presenter of the Canal Brasil program 'A Arte do Encontro' (The Art of the Interview) in which she converses with well-known figures in Brazilian culture. She has performed in various feature length and short films, including Hector Babenco's final film 'My Hindu Friend' in which she played opposite Willem Dafoe. She has also ventured into the area of shorts, producing and directing television programs and other films.
The documentary 'Babenco - Tell Me When I Die' is her first feature-length film. Its premiere was at the Venice Film Festival 2019 where it won Best Documentary in the official Venice Classics competition, and also the Independent Critics Prize - Bisato D'oro.
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