On film, the true story of trans Africans who are honored

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Scene from "Tchindas" (Photo courtesy of Tchindas.com) Scene from “Tchindas” (Photo courtesy of Tchindas.com)

Journalist / filmmaker Marc Serena of Barcelona is preparing for the premiere of his film about a respected, honored and — surprisingly — African trans community.

The respect shown for their trans neighbors by the residents of the Cape Verdean island of São Vicente, off the coast of West Africa, contrasts with many  countries’ violently homophobic and transphobic attitudes.

Two tchindas preparing for carnival. (Photo courtesy of Tchindas.com) Two tchindas preparing for carnival. (Photo courtesy of Tchindas.com)

The documentary is called “Tchindas,” named after its main character, Tchinda Andrade, who  is one of most beloved women on the island of Cape Verde, especially after she came out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the term used by locals to name queer Cape Verdeans.

The screening will be at 7:15 pm, Wednesday, July 15, in Theater 2 at the Directors Guild of America building…

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