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Raphael Alvarez and Tatiana Issa's "Dzi Croquettes"

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"Dzi Croquettes reclaims the eponymous avant-garde theater group as major figures in Brazil's history of state terrorism and artistic resistance," writes Diego Costa in Slant. "More than just a 'bunch of faggots' (as the dictatorship's guards that surveilled them would put it), the 13-member 1960s troupe of gender-fucking, glitter-covered polyglot queens was 'queer' at a time when the word was still just another gay slur. Theirs was a status quo-shattering kind of camp, circumventing censorship through sarcasm, crafting intricate and combustible juxtapositions including a black queen delivering a gut-wrenching version of Jacques Brel's 'Ne Me Quittes Pas' in a pink wedding gown — and combat boots…. At one point they try conquering Europe, performing in Paris for the likes of Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, and Josephine Baker, who requests that the Dzi Croquettes replace her as Theatre Bobino's main act once she dies, which they do."

Ernest Hardy
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Tc Doc Series: Dzi Croquettes

Dzi Croquettes (2009, dir. Raphael Alvarez, Tatiana Issa) Dzi Croquettes is a revealing documentary about a Brazilian dance and theater group resembling an all-male, 1970s version of the Ziegfeld Follies. Banned by the ruling military dictatorship, they used their empowering sexuality to revolutionize the gay movement worldwide. Dzi Croquettes will have its NYC premiere at the Tribeca Cinemas Doc Series on July 26. We asked New Yorkers Alvarez and Issa to answer a few questions about their fascinating film. Tribeca: Please describe the story you tell in Dzi Croquettes. Raphael Alvarez and Tatiana Issa: The Dzi Croquettes were a groundbreaking dance and theatre 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 in theatre and dance, which would influence an entire generation, this theatre group ...
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