My name is Baghdad: a happy plea for female solidarity [critique]

An initiatory story full of fantasy, in the sexist and homophobic Brazil of Bolsonaro.

The title doesn’t lie. The heroine of the second film by Brazilian Caru Alves de Souza (the first, From menor, is unpublished in France) has the first name Baghdad. She is 17 years old and divides her time between her family by blood (her mother and her sisters) or by heart (the friends of her mother, figures of the LGBT community strong in mouth and in heart) and the band of skaters of which she is. the only girl. With his short hair, this tomboy denotes and detonates in this predominantly virile and oppressive Brazilian society (as evidenced by the muscular control of a police officer who takes pleasure in humiliating this girl so not very feminine in his eyes by just searching her unceremoniously. like a boy) for those who refuse to submit to these ancestral codes.

My name is Baghdad therefore deals with the question of gender but without becoming a professor. There is fantasy to spare in this initiatory tale interspersed with deliberately baroque danced scenes to let dreams, fantasies and tales brighten up harsh reality. Caru Alves de Souza here does not elude anything that constitutes the basis of the dominant patriarchal culture (sexist jokes, homophobic remarks, heavy flirting that turns into violence …) but she turns each situation around to celebrate a girl power where unity is strength. My name is Baghdad sees herself as an outlet, carried by the energy and charisma of the debutante Grace Orsato who makes you forget these few too scholarly and redundant dialogues with what the filmmaker shows through her images. A joyous cry of hope in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.

By Caru Alves de Souza. With Grace Orsato, Carlota Joaquina, Karina Buhr … Duration : 1h36. Released on September 22.

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