Documentary - Development 2022

Gegê is Mestra de Capoeira Angola in the city of Valença in Bahia, Brazil. Her work is focused on the insertion and permanence of women in this ancestral cultural practice and the fight against racism.

& Awards

DocuLab_Festival Int. de Cine de las Alturas/Jujuy/ Arg 2020
    • Year of production
    • 2022
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Female director
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Irene BOLEDA
    • Writer(s)
    • Irene BOLEDA
    • Producer(s)
    • Soledad SAN JULIAN (Senderos Films)
    • Synopsis
    • María Eugenia Poggi is 47 years old, a single mother and lives in the city of Valença in the state of Bahia in Brazil. Known in the world of Capoeira Angola as Mestra Gegê, she began in this Afro-Brazilian martial art at the age of 22. She has a degree in physical education and works in public and private schools teaching Capoeira Angola that aim to promote and encourage the conservation of Afro-Brazilian culture and the permanence of the female presence within this martial art with emphasis on the education of girls, children, adolescents and youth.

      After 25 years of training with her Master, Gegê learns of allegations of sexual abuse against him. Based on her foundations, she leaves the International Capoeira Angola Foundation (FICA), of which she is a founding member, and begins her own path. In this patriarchal and hostile environment, Gegê will continue to fight for gender equality, the end of racism and the eradication of violence against women. Encouraging and supporting with her own example so that many others can continue their paths in Capoeira Angola.

      Gegê was born into a wealthy white middle-class family from Rio de Janeiro with whom she has a difficult relationship, because they never approved of her life choice: to have children with an Afro-descendant partner and dedicate herself to Capoeira. This led to her distancing herself from her parents and siblings, something she has been unable to overcome and afflicts her on a daily basis.

      Currently there are only 23 Angola Capoeira Mestras in the world and only 11 of them are Afro-descendants. This small number compared to the hundreds of Mestres men shows that women are excluded. In turn, less than half are Afro-descendants. Gegê understands that this has to do with the development of a racist and sexist society that impoverishes Afro-Brazilian women and forces them to remain in the care of the home and work, away from this martial art of self-knowledge and liberation. With her unwavering goal in mind, Gegê holds meetings focused on building bridges between the various communities in the interior of Bahia with the aim of reaching women and generating spaces for exchange, communication and mutual support; bringing Capoeira to deepen the strengthening and empowerment of these communities.
    • Partners & financing
    • Propia 40 % asegurado
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2021
    • End of shooting
    • Dec 01, 2021