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On this episode, we spoke to director, producer, actor, and dancer Carolina Monnerat.
Monnerat’s love for film started early and without bounds: alongside regular childhood programming, her parents encouraged her to watch the titans of the cinema canon such as Scorsese or Kubrick, age be damned. This developed not only her passion for cinema but her fluency in it at a very young age, leading her to make inventive little movies with her friends in her spare time. Deep down, Carolina hoped to one day become a movie maker.
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The art of dance also called her, though, and she found herself performing and studying various forms, notably ballet. She got work with a dance company and that brought her to the States, and it was there that she met future collaborator and husband (and former guest!) Theodore Collatos.
Meanwhile, Collatos and Monnerat were also working on a much longer-term project: a documentary on Luana Muniz, a transgender Brazilian activist that ran a house for other transgender sex workers. On the festival circuit now, “Queen of Lapa” is both a Frederick Wiseman-esque examination of the...
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