A heroína da Pindaíba (1996) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: A heroína da Pindaíba
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:45:41
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: 1996
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Biño Sawitzki, Edgardo Sandoval, Geísa Almeida, Graziela Gallicchio, Joana do Carmo, Rosane Cardoso, Sandro Marques, and Tânia Farias, actors/performers; Alexandre Garcia, Anna Fuão, Carla Moura, Clélio Cardoso, Daniele Fagundes, Dedy Ricardo, Mauro Rodrigues, Paulo Flores, Renan Leandro e Rogério Lauda, substitute actors.
  • Credits: Rogério Lauda, music.

A heroína da Pindaíba (1996)

Based on Augusto Boal’s play 'O homem que era uma fábrica,' this street performance tells the story of Matilda Silva da Silva, an unemployed Brazilian woman who is trying to get a visa to the United States in order to fulfill her dream of a job and a place to live. Helped by her friend Santinha, Matilda needs to go through several obstacles to overcome the sanitary rules of the United States embassy, which bar the people of Pindaíba from imigrating. Free from amoebas and bacteria, our hero transforms her fecal matter in a symbol for Brazilian clean feces, creating the possibility of becoming rich selling feces to all those people who also dream with the pleasures of the 'American way of life.' Registering Brazil’s social situation through allegory and farce, the clown characters are an expression of Brazil’s popular theatre, establishing a connection with the people in the streets. The humor and playfulness hide a strong critical power.


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