Dzi Croquettes

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Dzi Croquettes
Dzi Croquettes.jpg
Directed by Raphael Alvarez
Tatiana Issa
Release date
  • October 4, 2009 (2009-10-04) (Rio International Film Festival)
  • July 16, 2010 (2010-07-16) (Brazil)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Brazil
Language English

Dzi Croquettes is a 2009 Brazilian documentary about a Brazilian dance and theater group. Directed by Tatiana Issa and Raphael Alvarez, The film became the most awarded documentary in Brazilian History and had its US premiere at the acclaimed MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York) [1] followed by theatrical release in the USA at the IFC Village Cinemas [2] in New York and Sunset 5 Cinemas [3] Los Angeles, besides theatrical release in Europe and Brazil. The film receivied outstanding reviews on all major Newspapers such as New York Times,[4] Los Angeles Times,[5] LA Weekly,[6] Film Journal International,[7] Time Out New York,[8] Village Voice, among many others.

The Dzi Croquettes were a groundbreaking dance and theater group who used their talent and a mix of humor and derision to challenge the violent dictatorship that gripped Brazil in the 1970s. Creating a new stage language that would influence an entire generation, this theater group revolutionized the gay movement despite being banned and censored by the military regime. Through interviews and archival footage of the group’s incredible performances, directors Raphael Alvarez and Tatiana Issa reveal the origin of the group, their relentless perfectionism, and their unexpected stroke of luck when Liza Minnelli becomes a godmother of sorts to them. However, it also gives a very honest account of the sadness of their final years when tension, egos, AIDS, and even murder ripped them apart. Winner of the Jury and Audience awards for best documentary at this year’s Rio and São Paulo film festivals, Dzi Croquettes combines juicy interviews with group members and current Brazilian and International artist to bring this unique act to a whole new generation. Through it all, we see how this group never flinched from challenging conventional notions of acceptable “masculine” or “feminine” behavior.[9]


See also[edit]

  • The Cockettes (film), a documentary film about the San Francisco-based gay performance ensemble that inspired the Dzi Croquettes.[18]


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  4. ^ New York Times by Neil Genzlinger
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas
  6. ^ LA Weekly by Ernest Hardy
  7. ^ Film Journal International by David Noh
  8. ^ Time Out New York by Andrew Schenker
  9. ^ [4] Official Palm Springs Film Festival ]
  10. ^ Frameline34 Awards Announced Official Frameline website. June 28, 2010
  11. ^ [5] Official Dance, Camera, West website. July 2010
  12. ^ [6] [7] Official Brazilian Film Festival of Miami . August 2010
  13. ^ [8] Official Brazilian Film Festival of Miami . September 2010
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  16. ^ a b [11] Official website. July 2011
  17. ^ [12] Official website. July 2011
  18. ^ "Dzi Croquettes". Next Magazine. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 

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