My name is Baghdad // Meu Nome é Bagdá
Directed by: Caru Alves de Souza
Production: Caru Alves de Souza, Rafaella Costa
Cast: Grace Orsato, Karina Buhr, Marie Maymone
Brasil, 2020, 99 minutes, Portuguese with Hebrew subtitles
Berlin International Film Festival 2020 – Crystal Bear for best film, in the Generation 14plus
Guanajuato International Film Festival 2020
LIMA IFF 2020 – BEST ACTRESS FOR GRACE ORSATO & SPECIAL MENTION FOR ALL THE ACTRESSES
Baghdad is a 17-year-old skater, living in Freguesia do Ó, a working-class neighborhood in the city of São Paolo, Brazil. Baghdad is part of a group of skaters, all young men. She spends a lot of time with her family, all women (mother, aunt and two sisters), and with her mother’s friends (gay barber with cancer and an activist transgender). When Baghdad meets a group of female skateboarders, her life changes.
“My name is Baghdad” is a sweeping work, full of beautiful friendships, great music and brave female solidarity. No spoilers, but you can not stand indifferent to the glorious and powerful end of this film. An ending that made the writer of these lines scream with excitement and clap at the end of the film along with the enthusiastic audience. An end that proves that despite all the obstacles of life, together we can win big.
“My name is Baghdad” is an excellent queer female work, staged by the director Caru Alves de Souza, which is her first film. The incredible presence of Grace Orsato, a skater who has become an actress, draws the audience to her.