The film, “Sou Mulher, Sou Brasileira, Sou Lésbica,” directed by Vagner de Almeida, is a three dimensional interpretation of the psychology and identities of women in Brazil. They grapple with issues related to the state, activism, religion, and daily life. They assume identities, or more accurately “personalities,” that go beyond the reduction of sexuality to sex orientation. The lesbian in Brazil faces the same consequences of economic polarization as a “straight” woman, but the importance of being a lesbian lies in the additional levels of stigma and discrimination that are related in particular to matters of sexuality. This film could be used in HIV prevention or LGBT support groups as educational material. The demonstration of how to use a glove creatively for fingering or for cunnilingus is an important lesson for STI prevention in a population that is excluded from prevention campaigns. It is also great for a wider audience interested in provocative work done by an independent artist.
Jonathan Garcia, PhD Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS Yale School of Public Health
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