MY NAME IS BAGHDAD

MEU NOME É BAGDÁ

By Caru ALVES DE SOUZA

MANJERICÃO FILMES - as PROD

Drama - Pre-Production 2020

Baghdad is a 17-year-old female skater, who lives in Freguesia do Ó, a working-class neighbourhood in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Baghdad skateboards with a group of male friends and spends a lot of time with her family and with her mother’s friends. Together, the women around her form a network

Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale - EFM 2020
Berlinale Generation 14plus 2020 – World Premiere
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Drama, Comedy
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Caru ALVES DE SOUZA
    • Writer(s)
    • Caru ALVES DE SOUZA, Josefina TROTTA
    • Producer(s)
    • Rafaella COSTA (MANJERICAO FILMES), Caru ALVES DE SOUZA (TANGERINA ENTRETENIMENTO)
    • Synopsis
    • MY NAME IS BAGHDAD presents the everyday life of Baghdad, a 17-year-old female skateboarder. Baghdad’s daily life does not present many surprises. She spends her days with her family, with her mother’s friends, and skateboarding with the neighborhood skater boys.

      Baghdad is the only female skateboarder in her crew. Her strong, explosive personality makes her feel like “one of the boys,” but she feels like an outsider when confronted by her male friends’ sexist jokes and behavior. When she meets Vanessa, another female skateboarder from her neighborhood, and later on when she meets a group of female skateboarders whom she befriends, she is presented with another side of skateboarding. Baghdad feels she can relate better to the female skateboarders and their universe, especially after these new friends help her to retaliate against one of her male skateboarder friends who harasses her at a party.

      Other characters are also part of Baghdad’s daily life. MICHELINE, 40, her mother, is struggling to make a living and to provide for her daughters, working in a neighborhood beauty parlor. Micheline is a strong woman who does not let any man bring her down when she is drinking in the neighborhood bar, which is frequented mostly by men.

      BIA, 9, Baghdad’s younger sister, is more interested in outer space than in anything else. She spends her days trying to be part of an expedition for the colonization of Mars and to communicate with Martians. JOSEANE, 16, the middle sister, is a frenetic girl who on the surface appears to be a vain, superficial teenager, but deep down is strong, intelligent, and extremely witty.

      GILDA, 49, the only transsexual woman in the neighborhood, is negatively perceived by her neighbors. She and her friend EMILIO, 61, live together in the beauty parlor where Micheline works, and they are role models for Baghdad, who spends her spare time in the beauty parlor among wigs, makeup, and nail polish.

      GLADYS, 47, owns the bar that Micheline frequents. Gladys takes care of Baghdad and her sisters as if they were her daughters, offering them snacks and advice.

      The narrative of the film is built from daily episodes of the characters’ lives, revealing how extraordinary these women are.
    • Partners & financing
    • Co Producer
      Tangerina Entretenimento

      Tribeca Film Institute 2017 – Latin America Fund Grantee
      Brasil CineMundi International Coproduction Meeting 2017
      Ibermedia Development Support 2015
      Sao Paulo State Department of Culture’s ProAC for the development of feature film screenplays 2014

      FINANCING
      Total budget: USD 772,200.00
      Financing secured: USD 563,290.01 – 72.95%

      - USD 226,070.41 – 30% – PRODAV 07/2016 (Brazilian Federal Fund)
      - USD 247,500.00 - 32% - Financial Support to the Cinema of Sao Paulo State
      - USD 5,000.00 - 0.64 % - Tribeca Film Institute's Latin America Fund
      - USD 7,500.00 – 0.97% – Ibermedia Programme's Development Support
      - USD 38,609.95 - 5% - Brazilian Production company's resource
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2019
    • End of shooting
    • Mar 08, 2019
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