We’ve worked with Factory 25 to present QUEEN OF LAPA, making it possible for you to see the film — and your ticket helps support the Belcourt. Though the film will not be available for rental or sale for several months, it’s accessible during LGBTQ Pride Month for home viewing. For $10.00, you can purchase a ticket for QUEEN OF LAPA — and you’ll have a 3-day / 72-hour window to watch it. (*Note: Factory 25 is supported by Vimeo. You’ll need to create an account with Vimeo to pay for your ticket, but no monthly or annual subscription is needed. Your account will also ensure that you’re able to pause and revisit the film within your rental period.) Factory 25 will share a portion of your ticket payment with the Belcourt. Please note that this arrangement, in these unprecedented times, means we’re unable to offer member pricing. Thanks for your understanding and support. And if you’d like to consider an additional donation to the Belcourt, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here. Note: After you have created a Vimeo account and entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 3 days / 72 hours. You can view QUEEN OF LAPA via the link in the receipt that will be sent to your email, or simply click “Watch Film” when the confirmation page appears directly after purchase. You’ll be able to easily watch the QUEEN OF LAPA at any time within this period on any of the following platforms: (1) Smart TV, (using the browser on your Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku or Chromecast); (2) mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android); and (3) computer (by clicking on the link in your email receipt). For further details, see Vimeo’s FAQs here. For general information about watching on a bigger screen, see our FAQs here.
Against the backdrop of political corruption and flagrant transphobia in Brazil, the late, great Luana Muniz—cabaret performer, activist, and sex worker since age 11—minced no words about the challenges in calling the Lapa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro home. In her hostel, she provided a rare safe haven and a heavy dose of tough love for the next generation of trans sex workers.
Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat beautifully honor Muniz’s memory, the space she fostered for young trans women, and those following in her uncompromising footsteps. Along with profiling an unsung heroine, this fly-on-the-wall verité documentary humbly listens, sans judgement, to frank discussions of transfemme triumph and tragedy in Lapa’s streets.
“This is no lurid doc where these trans sex workers are required to exploit their survival narratives in order to earn our sympathy. Instead, Monnerat and Collatos encourage us just to watch, to listen, to witness. And, as Luana hopes, to imagine a future that will make her legacy live on even after she’s gone.” —Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla “The film’s depiction of the women’s daily realities is what makes QUEEN OF LAPA refreshing… Unites the patience of a documentary with a reality show’s delectable tendency to follow fascinating people doing unfascinating things. The seemingly storyless routines of the girls’ lives become the soulful vignettes of the film.” —Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard, Mic “Taking its time and drifting lightly from one scene to another, this beautifully composed film really gets under the skin of its subjects, who seem marvellously at ease with the camera… Here are lives as messy and joyous and human as anybody else's.” —Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
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