A portrait of transgender musician and artist Linn da Quebrada, who uses her body and performances as weapons to fight machismo, transphobia, and racism. She speaks of her growing up as a black queer in São Paulo’s favelas, and the challenges of breaking into Brazil’s heteronormative funk scene.
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So refreshing to watch. This film gives us a pretty wide-ranging view of the politics of gender identity among Quebrada and her circle. Love the shots of her mom showering with her. Great to see that kind of acceptance happening. Quebrada speaks wonderfully and her songs are kickass anthems. A film that makes you hopeful that future generations won't be constrained by rigid binary gender constucts.
Linn da Quebrada - cleverly, without losing the emotional and rational side of her experience -, is someone brave and worthy of learning. A raw documentary about someone who does not define herself in a genetic-borned body and in terms of traditional gender, neither she wants to. But this is also a manifesto against male heteronormativity, patriarchy and machism.
Tethered to the illusion that order equals oppression, the adovated sexual politics of disorder reify the anus (as machismo does as well in one-dimensional notions of penetration), and obscure the worthy goal of resistance to various discriminations (e.g. sex/race/class/gender). Trans-subculture glamorized in frontal (and uncinematic) assaults on the very hegemonic order meant to be debunked turns self-defeating.
@QueerPorto 2018. Linn da Quebrada and Jup do Bairro deserve their own show on Netflix. Funny yet emotional and smart, a documentary that is ready to take down labels and embrace femininity, masculinity and everything in between.
Genuinely fascinating and thought-provoking doco about Brazillian transwoman Linn and her performance art. As with the similar Memories Of My Body, I found the performances too stylised and was more engaged with the simple conversational moments in between, displaying a rawness and intimacy rarely seen. Latter half of the film features some extremely explicit nudity but doesn't feel exploitative.