Documentary – 110’, 2016
Direction: Leandra Leal
Screenplay: Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal, Lucas Paraizo and Natara Ney
Cast: Rogéria, Jane Di Castro, Divina Valéria, Camille K, Fujika de Halliday, Eloína dos Leopardos, Marquesa and Brigitte de Búzios
Editing: Natara Ney
Cinematography: David Pacheco
Soundtrack: Plínio Profeta
Sound design and Mixing: Audiorama Filmes
Post-Production: Afinal Filmes
Opening Titles and Motion Graphics: Renato Vilarouca and Rico Vilarouca
Additional Editing: Mariana Penedo
Production Management: Elaine Soares Azevedo
Production Supervisor: Danielle Villanova
Executive Production: Carol Benjamin
Associate Producers: Bianca Villar, Fernando Fraiha and Karen Castanho
A production by Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal, Natara Ney and Rita Toledo
Coproduction: Biônica Filmes and Canal Brasil
Production: Daza Filmes
Distribution: Vitrine Filmes (Brazil) and FilmRise (Americas)
Sales Agents: Mundial Sales (Americas) and Upside Distribution (Europe, Asia and Africa)
The Divine Divas are iconic performers of the first generation of Brazilian transvestite artists in the 1960s. One of the first venues that gave shelter to men dressed as women was Rival Theatre, directed by Américo Leal, the grandfather of the director. The film brings to the scene the intimacy, the talent and the stories of a generation that revolutionized sexual behavior and challenged the moral of a country.
. Best Film by the Popular Jury at SXSW Festival 2017 in Austin – Texas.
. Best Documentary by the Popular Jury and the Felix Award at Rio Int’l Film Festival 2016.
. Best Documentary and Best Editing by the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize 2018
. Best Director – Aruanda Award – and Best Film by the Popular Jury at Aruanda Film Festival 2016.
. Official Selection Hot Docs 2017.
. Awarded by Longa DOC 2013 bid from Brazilian Ministry of Culture.
. Selected for São Paulo Filmmaker’s Workshop 2013 by Tribeca Film Institute.