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At Agatha’s tent, the “monas” (an endearing expression that transgender women in Brazil use to call each other) are in search of sex, crack cocaine and someone who will listen to them. They perform to the camera and have an unique relationship with the city that they live in. But the instability of a marginal life puts at risk the street corner that is their home.

  • Thiago Schindler
  • Luíza Zaidan
  • Thiago Schindler
  • Luíza Zaidan
  • Rafael Farina Issas
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    22 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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    16:9 / 1,66
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  • 37º Festival Internacional Cinematográfico del Uruguay
    April 20, 2019
    Cinemateca Del Uruguay
  • VI Festival de Finos Filmes
    May 28, 2019
    Museu de Imagem e do Som MIS
  • 30° Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de São Paulo - Kinoforum
    São Paulo
    August 24, 2019
    public highlight "10 best Brazilian shorts".
  • 29° Festival Internacional de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro - Curta Cinema
    Rio de Janeiro
    November 3, 2019
  • 23ª Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes
    January 27, 2020
Director Biography - Thiago Schindler , Luíza Zaidan

Luíza Zaidan

Theater and movie actress and director, she graduated in Scenic Art by State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), and post-graduated in Documentary by Università Roma Tre (Italy, 2016). She has also taken courses at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Italy, 2015) and at Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba, 2014). She directed the spectacle O Casamento do Pequeno Burguês (Die Kleinbürgerhochzeit), by Bertolt Brecht, and the documentary FuoriCampo (Italy, 2017), which was selected to various movies festival, such as the 17th Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos (Argentina), the 8th Festival de Cinema de Futebol (Brazil); Mostra SESC de Cinema (Brazil); and Rome Independent Film Festival (Italy), where she received Honorable Mention for Best Documentary. Currently, she develops the research Documentaries of conversation: actor, character and self-mise-en-scene in Eduardo Coutinho movies in her masters at UNICAMP.

Thiago Schindler

Documentarian and anthropologist, he graduated in Social Sciences by the University of São Paulo (USP). During his undergraduate course, he focused on exploring the possibilities of photography and audiovisual resources in scientific researches. In this sense, he took a course called the Anthropology of Photography (“Antropologia da Fotografia”) in order to develop a photoethnography on a group of homeless transsexuals, who live in the city of São Paulo (this work was the background to Mona documentary). Furthermore, he has taken courses like Photography as a Tool for Social Transformation (“A Fotografia como Instrumento de Transformação Social”, 2017) at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, and Audiovisual Workshop offered by the department of Sociology of the University of São Paulo (“oficina de Audiovisual do Laboratório de Pesquisa Social”, 2018). He also made a documentary called Espaços Públicos (2018), which talks about violence at the university. At the present time, he takes a course about documentaries at the School of Communication and Art of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP) and has become a council member of the Center of Audiovisual and Images Production and Research, attached to the department of Sociology of the University of São Paulo (NUPEPA-USP)

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