Divine Divas

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 LealNatara 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 Documentary by Fiesp/Sesi-SP Movie Award 2018

.Best Screenwriting of Documentary by ABRA – Brazilian’s screenwriter association 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.