"The film overflows with questions and reflections on identity and subjectivity, in the context of the turmoil of political events after the 2016 coup and the rise of the far right. Poetic and at the same time political film, in the courage to reveal intimacy and, with that, reverberate the premise of 'personal is political'...which takes on a new guise in this intimate immersion."
— Gilberto Sobrinho, Professor, Instituto de Artes at Unicamp
"The film's sensitivity and power are also related to the way the documentary filmmaker decided to portray the process of gender transition, from the perspective of a positive record, but which does not reduce the experience and complexity of the subject, also showing the anxieties and doubts that permeate the process...Interspersed visions subtly reveal different intergenerational paradigms during the narrative. Thus the process of seeing autonomy over bodies and the political constraints on these bodies also permeate the documentary"
"This documentary is for moms and dads who want to understand kids. And for kids who want to accept moms and dads...Threshold goes beyond. It talks about freedom and the time it takes to reflect on who we are without the pressure of the label and it transcends adolescence...Threshold educates and excites. And the coolest thing is that it fits everyone."
— Music Non Stop
"An autobiographical documentary, intimate and at the same time collective and disturbing in a good way...A narrative that crosses intimate and social life, which puts gender identity into question something that generates a lot of prejudice...Threshold breaks boundaries with the affective, poetic and cautious look of the mother Coraci Ruiz...The film is provocative and courageous, full of tensions, affections and subjectivities...Threshold is a necessary and very welcome film, especially for families going through this experience and for educational professionals...It is an essential film also for non-binary people themselves."
"Brazilian filmmaker Coraci Ruiz crafts a low-key and deeply personal portrait of her first born child Noah's gender transitioning process...Mixing intimate interviews with home movie footage shot over the years, Threshold is an interesting look at gender identity, that explores these timely themes in a thoughtful and emotionally sensitive way."
— One Movie Our Views
"Manages to unite research and feeling in the same way as personal and community ties. A unique work...Behind everything the feature film tells us, there is a beautiful tribute, a declaration of love from Coraci to Noah"
— Apostila De Cinema
"Threshold is an honest and empathetic documentary following a teenager's gender transition and their Brazilian activist family's reconceptualization of identity...the scope of the film is broad, encompassing a swathe of relevant social issues around gender, marriage, politics and parental consent...Ruiz's perspective as a parent, and the ethical dilemmas she is faced with are fascinating"
— Daily Maverick
TRANSlations Film Festival, Jury Best Feature Documentary
San Diego Latino Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature
Latin American Studies Association, Award of Merit in Film
International Spectrum Competition, Hot Docs
Festival de Cine de Lima, Best Documentary
Queer Lisboa, Audience Award for Best Documentary
Llamale H Film Festival, Best Film
Cine a la Vista! Youth International Film Festival, Best Film
Unseen IFF Film Sozialak Bilbao, Best Film by a woman
Turin Lovers LGBTQI Film Festival, Best Documentary
Festival Mix Brazil, Best Direction
Rainbow Brazil, Best Direction / Best Screenplay / Best Photography / Best Sound Design
20º Cinemato - Festival de Cinema e Video de Cuiabá, Best Feature Film
36^ Lovers Film Festival, Best Documentary
Rio Festival de Cinema LGBTQIA+, Best Film
Festival Internacional de Cinema da Diversidade Sexual e de Gênero de Goiás, Honorable Mention
LASA Film Festival
Cinemagic International Film Festival
Turin Lovers LGBTQI Film Festival
Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival Vienna
Durban International Film Festival
Festival Mix Milano
Festival de Cine de Lima
Festival de Malaga
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer
Women International Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne
Amor Festival Chile
Seattle Latino Film Festival
Rainbow Festival of Cinema and Culture of Sexual and Gender Diversity
DOCSP, Rough Cut Lab
2º Festival Mulheres do Audiovisual
Santos Film Festival
Rio LGBTQIA+ Film Festival
9ª SP Transvisão / SP Escola de Teatro
Mostra Transversa - Presenças Trans no Cinema Brasileiro / Escola Porto Iracema das Artes
1º Festival Internacional LGBTQIA+ Transamazônico
24 Festival de Málaga
Gimli Film Festival
Vitória Mostra Docs
Festival do Rio
25 Festival de Cine de Lima PUCP
One World Arts