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Plot Summary
In the 1930s slums of Rio de Janeiro, João Francisco dos Santos (Lázaro Ramos) is many things -- the son of black slaves, an ex-con who spent more than two decades in prison, a gangster, a homosexual, and patriarch to a surrogate family of social outcasts. João seeks an outlet of expression through a cabaret act, where he cultivates the transvestite stage persona Madame Satã and becomes a revolutionary icon for society's neglected during a time of upheaval in post-abolition Brazil.

Cast: Lázaro Ramos , Marcélia Cartaxo , Flavio Bauraqui , Renata Sorrah , Fellipe Marques , Emiliano Queiroz , Giovana Barbosa , Ricardo Blat

Director: Karim Ainouz

Genres: Biography, Drama

Distributor: Wellspring Cinema

Madame Sata (2002)

Release Date: July 9th, 2003|1 hr. 45 min.

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  • In his thrilling feature debut, Madame Sata, Brazilian filmmaker Karim Ainouz doesn't glorify dos Santos but examines the hot, reckless fever of his life in all its thorny complexity. show more

  • Whether or not Ainouz's stylish directorial debut gets to the "real" Madame Satã is beside the point, but as a celebration of a figure who fashioned his own identity from pieces of pop culture and street poetry, from song and fashion and fury, it's memorable. show more

  • The movie covers only the early years of his (Joao Francisco dos Santos) rise to fame and apparently enduring legend, but the camera never pulls back to provide a social or historical context. show more

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