Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Spring 2015 Film Series -Madame Satã

Thursday, February 12, 2015

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.

The spring film series will seek to broaden and diversify the often sensationalist representations of urban life in Brazil’s two mega-metropoli: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Madame Satã, 2002, note the film has been changed.

Born to slaves in Northern Brazil and sold at the age of 7 by his mother for the price of a mule, João Francisco dos Santos battled stereotypes on the streets of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. Jailed for 27 of his 76 years, dos Santos was an explosive figure prone to excessive bouts of violence and moments of extreme tenderness.  João Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Satã, is one of the most famous drag queens of the 1930s.