My Destiny in Your Hands
Brazilian title Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos
Directed by José Mojica Marins
Produced by Augusto Pereira
Written by José Mojica Marins
Starring José Mojica Marins
Music by Herminio Giménez
Cinematography Ruy Santos
Editing Maximo Barro
Genre Drama
Release date July 8, 1963
Country Brazil
Length 80 min
Language Portuguese
Preceded by
Followed by
Capa vinil meu destino

Soundtrack LP cover

My Destiny in Your Hands (1962) (original title: Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos) is a Brazilian drama film written and directed by José Mojica Marins[1].

Censorship hurt the film, the Brazilian government banning it for 14 years, and the film was forgotten and was a commercial failure. The character Carlito (played by Brazilian child singer Franquito) was modeled after the successful Spanish child film character Marcelino (played by Pablito Calvo) after the successful Spanish film Marcelino, Bread and Wine (1955)[2].

Mojica composed three of the ten songs performed by Franquito[3].


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A husband comes home drunk and beats his wife. His son Carlito tries to defend his mother with a broomstick. The father turns to the boy menacingly and threatens "I'll kill you!". Terrified, the boy flees with four other young children, all poor and suffering abuse and exploitation at home by their families. The children try to live and survive life on the streets on the outskirts of São Paulo.

Carlito (Franqito), the eldest of them, plays guitar and sings to make money.



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Main article: My Destiny in Your Hands: Screenshot gallery


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  1. Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos IMDb. Retrieved 2-18-2010
  2. Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos Remier Lion, Portal Brasileiro de Cinema.
  3. Meu Destino em Tuas Mãos Remier Lion, Portal Brasileiro de Cinema

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See alsoEdit

  The films of José Mojica Marins

At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul  •  A Praga  •   Adventurer's Fate  •  Awakening of the Beast  •  Embodiment of Evil  •  End of Man  •  Hellish Flesh
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind  •  Fifth Dimension of Sex  •  D'Gajao Kills to Avenge  •  Demons and Wonders  •  Dr. Frank in the Fetish Clinic
Fatal Hours  •   God's Sentence  •  How to Console Widows  •  My Destiny in Your Hands  •  Perversion  •  The Virgin and the Macho Man
The Strange World of Coffin Joe  •  The Woman Who Made Doves Fly  •   The Prophet of Hunger  •  The Devil of Old Town  •   Strange Hostel of Pleasures
The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe  •  The Marble Goddess  •  The Hour of Fear  •   This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse  •  Trilogy of Terror
Sex and Blood in the Trail of the Treasure  •  Women of the Violent Sex  •  When the Gods Fall Asleep

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