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Skate Movie Review: My Name Is Baghdad

By Valentina Diaz
V. Diaz, a journalist and passionate skateboarder is a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.

 

My name is Baghdad (Meu Nome É Bagdá is its Portugeese title) is a Brazilian film about a crew that has to go through different situations that brings them into troubles. For Bagdá skateboarding is part of the show, the movie highlights how the sport can be a way to forget what's going on outside for a while. 

Directed by Caru Alves de Souza, My Name is Baghdad stoles everyone hearts. It was nominated and won at the Berlinale Generation, "an International State-of-the-art cinema for young cineastes and everyone else," the festival said.

 

 

This film is starred by Grace Orsato as Bagdá, Karina Buhr as Micheline, Marie Maymone as Joseane, Helena Luz as Bia, Gilda Nomacce as Gladys, Paulette Pink as Gilda, Emilio Serrano as Emilio, William Costa as Deco, Paulo Bienermann as Clever and Nick Batista as Vanessa.

 

 

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The Plot

 

The story is a teen drama and is about a girl who lives in Freguesia, Sao Paulo. Bagdá is a 17 year old girl who loves to be out of her home and be with her friends, most of them boys. Their favorite activity; skateboarding.

When this girl isn't skating she is at the beauty salon with two transsexual and her mother's friends, her life was encircled by contemptuous comments from her male friends and society due to her social circle and her personality.

Then, Bagdá met a girls' crew that taught her the value of girl power, there she learned how important it was to use her voice and fight for their rights to be respected living in a world where some men don't agree.

 

Likewise, director Caru Alves have strived to connect everything in the movie with amazing locations that carries us through the Brazilian neighborhoods where we get to understand skateboarding and feel the feelings of going out on the streets and being happy for our friends' achievements.

The film is special, you will feel identified with it and how it shows societal problems through art. Don't miss this movie and please let us know your thoughts about it in the comments below!

 




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