Kika Nicolela

2016, 30:22 minutes, colour, Potuguese with English subtitles


Biographies produces a complex narrative that departs from a historical research about a strong female historical character, and mixes it with personal stories from the five actresses portraying her. Domitila de Castro do Canto e Melo, the Marquise of Santos, is one of the most famous and controversial historical figures from Brazil. She lived in the 19th century and was the long-term mistress of the Emperor Dom Pedro I. Domitlila is a fascinating and rich figure, whose life story in popular memory is full of dubious events and facts, contradictions, and paradoxes. Above all, she is a woman who overcame all the gender limitations of her time. Still very much alive in the imaginary of Brazilian people, there are many myths and legends around her, to the point of transforming her in a kind of a deity. Domitila is therefore a great subject for a work that intends to bring to the foreground the interpretative process and subjective choices that take place in historical discourses. The narrative intertwines performances that actualize history into personal and contemporary fictions.

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