In “Alma” – which means “soul” in Portuguese – the underground scene in the biggest city of the southern hemisphere is explored by Alma Negrot, a performer who belongs to a new generation of “drag queers”, a trending Brazilian movement. Behind the character is Raphael Jacques, one of several drag queers who came together out of necessity, confronting a hostile reality that produces the highest LGBT homicide rates in the world.
At night, Raphael’s body becomes a stage that displays a powerful visual statement. The use of excessive make-up unleashes the repressed voice of a movement that turns to an aesthetic realm in order to be heard. The use of paper eyelashes, wiring and plastic bags that were all found in the trash enables us to perceive both the good and the bad that the city has to offer.
Directed by DANIEL XENON (@135xenon) and SAMUEL COSTA (@scostafoto).
Text / Voiceover by ALMA NEGROT (@almanegrot)
Production MOSQUITO PROJECT / BANDO STUDIO (@bandostudio)
DOP SAMUEL COSTA (@scostafoto)
Camera assistant DANILO ARENAS (@daniloarenas.i)
Editor BRENO FORTES (@_brenofortes)
Color grading PSYCHO N’ LOOK
Sound Designer / Music Producer ENRICO ASCOLI (@enricoascoli)
Photography still DENIS SITTA (@denis.sitta)
MAMBA NEGRA (@mamba.n)
CASA Judith (@casajudith)
ARTE E PIZZA
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