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In-person screenings of this program will take place on May 21 & 22 at 7:30pm at Northwest Film Forum.

Travessias Brazilian Film Festival 2022 will be held both virtually and in-person. VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID Festival Passes are available here!

From a romance between two young Black women to a street dance battle for the most enthralling choreography, the films presented in this program focus on Black communities’ narratives; their resistance movements in social and imaginary spaces.

Do envolvimento amoroso entre duas jovens negras até a competição de street dance pela coreografia mais contagiante, os filmes reunidos nesta sessão concentram narrativas de comunidades negras, seus movimentos de resistência por espaços sociais e imaginários.

Swinguerra focuses on disadvantaged queer communities of color in Recife, Brazil, with an emphasis on transgender and nonbinary performers. The film features three contemporary dance styles—swingueira, brega funk, and passinho da maloca—as performed by three competitive dance groups. These mixed dance styles recall Brazil’s colonial and slave trade history, where music and dance functioned as discreet methods of organizing politically under oppressive regimes. Fast-paced, athletic, sexy, dreamlike, and aggressive, the dance styles, like the music, make Swinguerra an exhilarating and unforgettable viewing experience, illustrating how dance and music offer rich sources of agency, resistance, and community for marginalized individuals.

In the sports court of a school, dancers rehearse under the watchful eye of a choreographer. Tensions haunt personal desires as they are observed by a rival troupe.

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  • Runtime
    23 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca
  • Screenwriter
    Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca
  • Producer
    Dora Amorim, Thaís Vidal, Julia Machado
  • Executive Producer
    Dora Amorim
  • Cast
    Diego Matarazzo, Eduarda Lemos, Clara Santos
  • Cinematographer
    Pedro Sotero
  • Editor
    Eduardo Serrano
  • Production Design
    André Antônio
  • Composer
    Carlos Sá
  • Sound Design
    Nicolau Domingues