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Bixa Travesty

75.0 min.
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Production Company:
Valvula Produções / PaleoTV Produçoes
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Berlinale Category:
Documentary Film
Teddy Award:
Best Documentary/ Essay Film

Linn da Quebrada is a black transwoman from impoverished periurban São Paulo; she is also a pop performer who raises her voice for queers of colour from the favelas. Accompanied by her childhood friend and partner in crime, black transwoman and singer Jup do Bairro, her concerts are nothing short of dazzling. Aided by exorbitant costumes and plenty of twerking, her performances are onslaughts of electro against Brazil’s white heteronormative gender order and the machismo of the country’s funk scene.

Private moments reveal her gentler side: as she showers with friends or cooks with her mother the talk turns to love, racism and poverty. Archive footage in the shape of home videos shows her in intimate performances at a hospital during her own cancer treatment. We begin to realise that Linn uses radical nudity as a means to undermine accepted gender roles. This documentary also shows her in dramatised radio interviews in which she powerfully espouses her convictions about feminism and her transsexuality: not for Linn the role of a cis woman; she’d rather be a woman with a penis whose gender identity is not bound by her genitalia but is in a permanent state of flux.

BIOGRAFIE Claudia Priscilla

Claudia Priscila has directed several award-winning feature films such as Bixa Travesty (2018, co-directed with Kiko Goifman), A Destruição de Bernardet (The Destruction of Bernardet, 2016), co-directed with Pedro Marques; Leite e Ferro (Iron and Milk, 2010); and Olhe Pra Mim de Novo (Look at Me Again, 2011), co-directed with Kiko Goifman.
Among her short films are Vestido de Laerte (Leg’s Out, 2012), co-directed with Pedro Marques, awarded as Best Short and Best Art Design at Brasilia Film Festival 2012; Phedra (2008); and Sexo e Claustro (Sex and Cloister, 2005), awarded by the ABD (Brazilian Association of Documentarians) at São Paulo International Short Film Festival 2005 and part of Panorama’s Official Selection at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival. She has also produced the films 33, Morte Densa (Dense Death) and Atos dos Homens (Acts of Men), directed by Kiko Goifman and exhibited at festivals in Locarno, Rotterdam, and Berlin among other.



FILMOGRAFIE Claudia Priscilla (selection)

2018 Bixa Travesty   2011 Olhe pra mim de novo  2005 Sexo e Claustro 

BIOGRAFIE Kiko Goifman

Kiko Goifman was born in 1968 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and lives in São Paulo. He studied Anthropology at the Universidade Federal of Minas Gerais and received his Masters degree in Multimedia at the University of Campinas. In addition to documentary and experimental films, he also created video installations.

FILMOGRAFIE Kiko Goifman (selection)

2018 Bixa Travesty   2011 Olhe pra mim de novo  2008 FilmeFobia  2006 Atos dos Homens 

Interview with Linn da Quebrada
Interview with Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman

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