Your Mother’s Comfort @ Massimadi

The United States is not the only country with a self-imagined dictator. Brazil. Since the beginning of 2019 and the election of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil has also been going through what the U.S. did. The far-right politician believes that the COVID-19 vaccine can turn humans into crocodiles, ran on a law and order platform along with a return to traditional Christian values and is misogynist, racist and anti-LGBTQ+. You can see why he has been compared to Trump.

Your Mother’s Comfort follows trans woman Indiana Siqueira and the lead up to the election in 2018. Indiana is well known and has long been an activist fighting for the rights of trans people. She left her house at the age of 16 and has been on her own since then. Surviving doing sex work, Indiana is not allowing that to stop her in her fight for her community.

To help other women like herself, Indiana established a squat for trans women called Casa Nem. Many trans women have found refuge there. Realizing that this was not enough to secure trans safety, Indiana continues further by running for a position in the Rio local government.

As if being trans was not dangerous enough, Indianara put herself out there even more. Not a shy or phony person, her campaign slogan was “A whore for city council”. She explains that she is not going to hide who she is. A rare trait in a politician, no? Not everyone is a fan – for obvious reasons, but also Indianara is controversial as she has organized squats in abandoned public buildings and advocates occasional violence in the fight against the patriarchy. Not everyone’s cup of tea.

While this documentary could have been trimmed quite a bit as there are loads of scenes which are extraneous, it still gets its story across. The often chaotic nature of the film rather suits the subject, though. Not willing to conform or be as others think is the correct way.

The film was four years in the making for Adam Golub. He managed to follow Indianara everywhere and got loads of great footage. Illustrating how one courageous trans woman decided to do something about Brazil’s disappearing democracy.

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