DIVINE DIVAS

DIVINAS DIVAS

By Leandra LEAL

DAZA FILMES - as PROD

Musical - Completed 2016

DIVINE DIVAS documents the legendary first generation of Brazilian transvestite performers of the 60’s, at the height of a military dictatorship. The film brings to the scene the intimacy and the stories of a generation that revolutionized sexual behavior and challenged the moral of a country.

Festivals
& Awards

Rio de Janeiro IFF 2016
Best Documentary for the Popular Jury
Aruanda Film Festival 2016
Best Documentary for the Popular Jury
Aruanda Film Festival 2016
Best Director
Rio de Janeiro IFF 2016
Felix Award for Best Documentary
Sao Paulo IFF 2016
SXSW 2017
Audience Award - Global
Hot Docs 2017
Singular Sensations
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Musical, Documentary, LGBT
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Leandra LEAL
    • Writer(s)
    • Carol BENJAMIN, Leandra LEAL, Lucas PARAÍZO, Natara NEY
    • Producer(s)
    • Carol BENJAMIN (Daza Filmes), Leandra LEAL (Daza Filmes), Rita TOLEDO (Daza Filmes), Natara NEY
    • Synopsis
    • DIVINE DIVAS, the directorial debut of acclaimed Brazilian actress Leandra Leal, documents the legendary first generation of Brazilian transvestite performers and drag artists of the 1960’s, who bravely challenged rigid morals and conservatism at the height of a military dictatorship of Brazil. Their home was the Rival Theatre in Rio de Janeiro, a trailblazing club that was one of the first venues to embrace transvestite and drag artists, founded by Américo Leal, the grandfather of DIVINE DIVAS director Ms. Leal. Through vibrant archival footage and performances, and humorous contemporary interviews, we observe the 50-year careers of these iconic performers both on-stage and off, leading to a deep understanding of their lives as a work of art, a political act, and a defining moment in the struggle for human rights and individual freedom in the Brazil of yesterday and today.
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