Acting as an interesting companion piece to Silvana, once again, we are taken into the subjective headspace of a talented performer. This time it is Linn da Quebrada, hailing from Brazil, who has our undivided attention. Directors Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla have enviable access to the notorious “gender terrorist,” but some footage of this documentary comes across as unnecessary. A leaner and meaner documentary with more of a thematic focus could do wonders in getting Quebrada new fans.
Quebrada unapologetically calls herself a “tranny fag,” in that she wishes to embrace her feminine identity without necessarily conforming to all the aspects of the female body. As she remarks, women have traditionally always been oppressed by men, and with the limited freedoms women were allowed, no wonder why we have the stereotype of the “hysterical female.” Quebrada revolts against the traditional constructions of femininity and masculinity; and enjoys using her body to strike out against the status quo.
Quebrada also refreshingly embraces body positivity and polyamory, two further concepts that could use more thorough exploration in queer culture. One of Quebrada’s lovers and collaborators is on the plus side, and unconditional acceptance is both preached and practiced in the film. Both performers genuinely wish that others would look past their bodies and see the personalities underneath, which is a message worth remembering.
Some scenes seem like unnecessarily filler as they are not given much context and sometimes involve explicit nudity and sexuality. Quebrada does seem curious about the possibilities and limitations of her own body, but I wonder if we linger too much on her self-exploration. However, I will be the first to say that I may not be the film’s intended audience, and perhaps these scenes will be poignant to those who can benefit from witnessing unconventional bodies being pleasured and loved.
If you’re uncomfortable, I think that’s the point.