TranScreen and Filmtheater Kriterion present… BIXA TRAVESTY TRANNY FAG

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Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag) Brasil, 2018, 75 minutes-A film by Cláudia Priscilla & Kiko Goifman

“Bixa Travesty” (Tranny Fag) is a feature-length documentary about black transsexual Brazilian singer Linn da Quebrada from a Sao Paolo favela. Facing many prejudices, Linn fights back against machismo with funk music that sounds like a gun. Through uncompromising lyrics and an incredibly strong and daring presence on stage, she provides a voice to poor, dark-skinned, trans women, confronting Brazil’s conservative heteronormative society and norms.

A more gentle side to Linn is revealed through conversations with her friends and mother. Yet for Linn, personal is always political, and intimate discussions of love can easliy turn into vehement discourses on racism and poverty. The film also discusses Linn’s struggle against cancer and the treatments she had undergone. Bixa Travesty premiered at the Berlinale in 2018, where it won the Teddy award in the documentary category. It has since traveled over Europe, USA, Canada, and other countries.

Director’s Note: In her songs, speeches and daily life, Linn introduces us to her difficult life. The “transvestyte” (as she likes to spell it) is challenged in the streets. Facing prejudice, Linn moves away from the victim role and grabs her weapons, as evidenced in lyrics such as “My black skin is my cloak of courage” and “she doesn’t want penis, she wants peace.” She is a super warrior in Brazil – the country that kills the largest number of transsexuals in the whole world.

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