Release Date: July 9th, 2003
DVD Release Date: January 13th, 2004
Not Yet Rated|1 hr 45 min
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.
Director: Karim Ainouz
Production Co: Dominant 7
Distributors: Wellspring Cinema