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The Bony Lady

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The Bony Lady follows Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte cult in Queens, NY, during her yearly celebration to La Flaca

FILM INFO

Director(s):  Adriana Barbosa & Thiago Zanato
Year:
2018
Length:  20 min
Country: USA/Brazil/Mexico

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Adriana Barbosa - THE BONY LADY

Adriana Barbosa (1987), is a Mexican-Brazilian filmmaker based in São Paulo, Brazil. She the short film “Ferroada” (Bite) selected at Off Cinema – Documentary Film Festival in Poland among others film festivals (Curta Cinema, Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, Off Cinema – International Documentary Film Festival in Poznan, Cheap Cuts Short Documentary Film Festival, Bucharest Short Films, Diametrale Experimental Film Festival, among many others). In 2018 she co-directs along with Thiago Zanato the short film “La Flaca”, about a transsexual Mexican woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) cult in Queens, NY. Also in 2018, She premieres her first documentary feature “Madrigal for a Living Poet” (2018) at the Official Competition of 21th Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes and she continues her research on a documentary about the regional Mexican traditions about the death.

Thiago Zanato (1979), is a Brazilian-American filmmaker splitting his time between the USA and Brazil. He initially got involved in film as the creative director of projects such as “I’m Here”, directed by Spike Jonze and “NY-Z”, featuring Jay-Z and directed by Danny Clinch. In 2012, he started his own production company (Black Magic Films).
He worked on films such as “Bite” (Brazil, 2016) and “Madrigal for a Living Poet” (Brazil, 2018) both directed by Adriana Barbosa and Bruno Mello Castanho. In 2018 he co-directed the short film “La Flaca” (The Bony Lady) about a transgender Mexican woman and leader of the Saint Death (Santa Muerte) cult in Queens, NY. The film was highly acclaimed and has entered over 40 film festivals around the world, among them: Fribourg International Film Festival, Message to Man, New Orleans Film Festival, Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Havana Film Festival, Guanajuato IFF, OutFest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, among others.
He is currently directing his first feature documentary “Esu and the Universe”, about an African god brought to the Americas by the enslaved Yoruba people. He continues his research on faith as a form of resistance and social issues.

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