My Name is Baghdad
Meu nome é Bagdá

Director: Caru Alves de Souza
Brazil | 2020 | Portuguese with English subtitles | 96 min | Rated PG

*Geo-blocked for viewing in Canada only.

Watch the conversation with director Caru Alves de Souza from Brazil and the 2021 Youth Jury on VLAFF’s FACEBOOK VIDEO LIBRARY.

View IN-PERSON at The Cinematheque: Friday, Aug 27, 6:30pm
ADDED SCREENING: Sunday, Sept 5, 8:00pm

ONLINE viewing available (across Canada): August 26 – September 5

In Freguesia do Ó, a working-class neighbourhood in São Paulo, Brazil, gender-defying teenager Baghdad trots around with skateboard in hand, socializing both with the boys at the local skate park and a fun-loving family of tough, emancipated women. Baghdad is finding out who they are and who is worth their time. When a group of girl skateboarders show up, Baghdad wonders if perhaps these new friends hold the secret to another way of living. – Trans|lations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, 2021

Winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generation 14+ program at the Berlin Film Festival.

My Name is Baghdad is a bright, authentic, and unapologetic exploration of femininity, coming of age, and life as a woman in a place and time where gender-based violence and sexism is prevalent. Baghdad’s story is one of strength, sisterhood, and love — and pushes all of us to look at the ways we support the women in our lives, young and old. ” – Julia Yoo, TIFF Next Wave Committee

Bagdad lleva el pelo corto, los pantalones muy subidos y la sudadera metida por dentro de la cintura. Bagdad es una chica ‘cool’, ella solo respeta a quien quiere respetar. Vive en una casa de mujeres fuertes y emancipadas, y pasa sus días en el skatepark con un grupo de chicos a los que les gusta andar sin camiseta, jugando a las cartas y arrancándose el pelo del pecho. Como su protagonista, la directora gira y se desliza a través de la película con total confianza y originalidad, sin rehuir temas más oscuros como la violencia, el sexismo y la discriminación, pero sin dejar de celebrar la solidaridad y la resistencia frente a ellos.

CARU ALVES DE SOUZA was born in 1979 in São Paulo, Brazil. She is a director, scriptwriter and producer. She is Tata Amaral’s partner in Tangerina Entretenimento, a production company based in São Paulo. Underage (2014), her debut fictional feature, had its world premiere at the 61st San Sebastián Film Festival, was awarded Best Film at Rio IFF in 2013, and was licensed by HBO Latin America. Her second feature, My Name is Baghdad, had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival and received grants from Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin America Fund and from Ibermedia Programme for its development. Her first short film, Familly Affair (2011), had its world premiere at Frameline Film Festival and it got distribution in the UK by Peccadillo Pictures. Alves de Souza also directed two medium-length documentaries for the Brazilian channel TV Cultura, the short film The World of Ulim and Oilut (2012), and 10 episodes of the documentary TV series Causando na Rua for CINEBRASiLTV. She is also a member of “Coletivo Vermelha,” a São Paulo based group of female audiovisual professionals, and was the curator of the film event “The Dardene’s Brothers Humanist Cinema” for Bank of Brazil’s Cultural Centers in the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia in 2016