My Name Is Baghdad

(

Meu Nome é Bagdá

)

Caru Alves de Souza

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2020

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Brazil

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Feature

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99

mins

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Portuguese with English subtitles

TW:

sexual assault, sexism, police harrassment

17-year-old Baghdad lives in a working-class neighborhood in São Paulo in a house with strong-willed, emancipated women, and spends her days at the skate park. When she meets a group of female skateboarders, her life suddenly changes. The film is structured around the characters’ daily lives, revealing how extraordinary these women are. The director doesn’t shy away from darker issues like violence, sexism and discrimination, while also celebrating solidarity, family and resistance.

DIRECTOR

Caru Alves de Souza

"Caru Alves de Souza is a director, scriptwriter and producer. Her debut feature, "Underage" (2013) had its world premiere at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival and was awarded Best Film at the Rio International Film Festival. The film was also acquired by HBO Latin America and Canal Brasil. Directed and scripted the shorts "Family Affair" (2011), which had its world premiere at FRAMELINE (San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival) and was distributed on DVD in the United Kingdom by Peccadillo Pictures, and "The World of Ulim and Oilut" (2011), which had its world premiere at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. In 2017, here second feature film as director/scriptwriter, "My Name is Baghdad," received a grant from the Tribeca Film Institute's Latin America Fund for projects in advanced stages of development, and a grant from the Ibermedia Programme's Development Support in 2015. Alves de Souza has also directed 10 episodes of the second season of the television documentary series "Causando na Rua" for the CINEBRASiLTV channel, which is currently on air, and two documentaries, ""Mascarianas"" and ""Vestígios,"" for TV Cultura."

Caru Alves de Souza

"Caru Alves de Souza is a director, scriptwriter and producer. Her debut feature, "Underage" (2013) had its world premiere at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival and was awarded Best Film at the Rio International Film Festival. The film was also acquired by HBO Latin America and Canal Brasil. Directed and scripted the shorts "Family Affair" (2011), which had its world premiere at FRAMELINE (San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival) and was distributed on DVD in the United Kingdom by Peccadillo Pictures, and "The World of Ulim and Oilut" (2011), which had its world premiere at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. In 2017, here second feature film as director/scriptwriter, "My Name is Baghdad," received a grant from the Tribeca Film Institute's Latin America Fund for projects in advanced stages of development, and a grant from the Ibermedia Programme's Development Support in 2015. Alves de Souza has also directed 10 episodes of the second season of the television documentary series "Causando na Rua" for the CINEBRASiLTV channel, which is currently on air, and two documentaries, ""Mascarianas"" and ""Vestígios,"" for TV Cultura."

Screenings

DATE+TIME

Sunday 25 October

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19:30

Empire Bio

My Name Is Baghdad

17-year-old Baghdad lives in a working-class neighborhood in São Paulo in a house with strong-willed, emancipated women, and spends her days at the skate park. When she meets a group of female skateboarders, her life suddenly changes. The film is structured around the characters’ daily lives, revealing how extraordinary these women are. The director doesn’t shy away from darker issues like violence, sexism and discrimination, while also celebrating solidarity, family and resistance.

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Screenings

Sunday 25 October

·

19:30

Empire Bio