Queen of Lapa
Rainha da Lapa
Zita Folkets BioSun 27 Sep 18.00Buy tickets
Directors: Theodore Collatos & Carolina Monnerat
Duration: 73 min
Zita Folkets Bio
Birger Jarlsgatan 37
111 45 Stockholm
Zita Folkets Bio is the oldest autonomous cinema in Stockholm. The cinema’s task is to show quality films for both adults and children that do not usually appear on the bigger cinemas.
About the film
For about 20 years, the renowned artist, activist and sex worker Luana Muniz has run a house in the middle of Lapa in central Rio de Janeiro, where she takes care of other prostituted transsexual women who arrive to the city to find labor as sex workers. There, Luana teaches the girls what is right or wrong, and how they protect themselves on the streets. With a respectful and humble perspective, we follow their daily lives while the film humanizes issues surrounding transsexual sex workers in Rio. Queen of Lapa is a powerful homage to the trans-community where people constantly have to fight for their lives – in a city that is currently run by a man who has declared war on them.