Teddy Award for Best Documentary/Essay Film, Berlinale 2018
Dir. Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscila, Brazil, 2018, 75 mins
Black Brazilian transgender singer Linn da Quebrada weaponizes the trans body and music for political protest. Linn and childhood friend Jup do Bairro use extravagantly costumed music performances to dazzle audiences while opposing their country’s white heteronormative order. Figuring her embodied existence as resistance, Linn eschews the role of cis woman, choosing a fluid gender identity instead. Full of funny and intimate moments, the film advocates for personal choice against a society that imposes static gender identity.
Writer: Linn da Quebrada, Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman
Cast: Linn da Quebrada, Jup do Bairro
Dir. Adam Golub and Liana Nigri, Brazil, 2016, 9 mins, Portuguese with English subtitles
A portrait of a young, Afro-Brazilian trans activist, living and dying on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.