Tchinda is one of most beloved women in Cape Verde, especially after she came out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since
then, her name has become the term used by locals to name queer Cape
Verdeans. Despite her great reputation, Tchinda remains humble and every
afternoon she happily tours the neighborhood to sell her best
“coxinhas”, a classic Brazilian treat: delicious fried balls of chicken.
But every February all changes. It’s the month leading up to their
Carnival, when the slow-paced atmosphere of the island transforms into a
frenzied hustle and bustle as thousands flock to the streets. The days
before the Carnival are hectic. Locals join forces to create something
beautiful out of nothing. It becomes a «Little Brazil» as their most
acclaimed singer, Cesária Évora (1941-2011), defined in one of her most
famous “mornas”. This documentary is as trip to an unknown side of
Africa that very few may have ever imagined.
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