MADAM BATERFLAI

By Carina SAMA

CARINA SAMA (INDEPENDENT) - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2013

The film tells the story of four transvestites, and one transexual girl and how they relate with their social environment: their daily lives, work, their partners, friends, family: all are mirrors.what makes people different? To be a man? To be a woman? Or how we build this?

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Ventana Sur 2013
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    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary, First film, LGBT
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 76 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Carina SAMA
    • Writer(s)
    • Carina SAMA
    • Producer(s)
    • Carina SAMA, Alejandra MARCHIOLI
    • Synopsis
    • It's hard to start with the story, as Joseph begins by saying: “how to make people understand...?” Sitting at the table, four of our interviewees try to come to a conclusion of which the problem exactly is: if it is the distance from the subject matter, that they really cannot be understood by the rest, or if it is just that people need to break down their prejudices.
      Their childhood and what they recall about it; Mariana's family, her mother, her father and sister. They tell us from different viewpoints how it was to realize that who they called “Peter” was different. They never lose their sense of humour. Here we also see how the person for whom it was expected to be hardest to understand, he was the most supportive since she was a child.
      The games, the identification, the school, the peers. They all tell their experiences. Puberty was the turning point in their lives, when the majority left their homes . The discovery. Love.
      Carlos (former partner) tells the metamorphosis of Marcelo becoming Marcela and he says: “I like men, and she is no longer a man”. Relationships, decisions, all that adulthood brings. Work. Religion. For Paloma, jail. But everything has its rewards, and there she met Gabriel, with whom she has lived for almost 20 years now. The dignity that litte by little can be lost, and how hard it is to defend it.
      Joseph is a Buddhist and this shows in each of his words. He is the eldest, so he lived the argentinean dictatorship and AIDS era. Many of those who had been friends are gone now, but those who are there are worthwhile.
      Marcela tells us what she got changed in her body, and how happy she is it with it: eyes, cheeks, nose , a little bit of everything. She has the best body in Mendoza, and likes to get dressed for her shows. She is a glamorous star. And a great seamstress. She is so good that she knows that she could easily live on that, but chooses prostitution because “it is fast money, though not easy money”.
      In this, she is on same page as Paloma, who is already thinking about the future of her "daughters" and is building a farm where they can live and raise animals for sale, but for them the land and the earth “are not exactly makeup powder”
      Carolina is the only one that has undergone gender change, the only one who wanted it, the one that has never been with a man while still being a man, the one who is father. Dr. Cesar Fidalgo and Caro tell the difference with transvestism, and how the operation is, and what the results are.
      One night, in October 2010, Marcela commits suicide, after our first interview, we see that not everything is as it seems ... Carlos, Mariana, and Joseph tell us about the excuses, life and death.
      Our women are artists, each in her life has made art and represents it. By projecting images over their bodies (with mapping technique) Joseph dances dodging the images of dictatorship and AIDS, while he tells us how the police get aroused when arresting a homosexual.
      Mariana is the Rite of Spring. Paloma is a lot of things: a convict, a doctor, a gladiator, a dove or a lion. Carolina is a butterfly, she is the consecration of change, she is what she always should have been.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2011
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