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Cape Verde, Creole, 89 mins

  • Director: Marc Serena; Pablo García Pérez de Lara
  • Writer: Marc Serena; Pablo García Pérez de Lara
  • Producer: Marc Serena; Yolanda Olmos

CGiii Comment

Cape Verde...now, there's a place not on the tourist trail!

What this film basically says it that Cape Verde is a [very] tolerant society...gay, trans...whatever, all have a place, all are respected...all is good in Cape Verde!!!

You do get the impression that this has been filmed through a rose-tinted lense...with too much waffle preceding the big occasion...The Carnival!

There's just so much sewing and stitching an audience can take...a film in need of some prudent pruning.


«Tchindas» Trailer from doblebanda on Vimeo.

The(ir) Blurb...

Tchinda is one of most beloved women in Cape Verde, especially after she came out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the term used by locals to name queer Cape Verdeans. Despite her great reputation, Tchinda remains humble and every afternoon she happily tours the neighborhood to sell her best "coxinhas", a classic Brazilian treat: delicious fried balls of chicken. But every February all changes. It's the month leading up to their Carnival, when the slow-paced atmosphere of the island transforms into a frenzied hustle and bustle as thousands flock to the streets. The days before the Carnival are hectic. Locals join forces to create something beautiful out of nothing. It becomes a «Little Brazil» as their most acclaimed singer, Cesária Évora (1941-2011), defined in one of her most famous "mornas". This documentary is as trip to an unknown side of Africa that very few may have ever imagined.

Cast & Characters

Edinha Tchinda;
Tchinda Andrade;
Edinha Pitanga;
Elvis Tolentino

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