• Categories
  • Archives

Laerte, a Brazilian Transgender Cartoonist Who Became a Netflix Movie

Brazilian cartoonist Laerte - Photo: Wikipedia Brazilian cartoonist Laerte - Photo: Wikipedia

A documentary that premiered this week on Netflix explores the life of a Brazilian transgender cartoonist who says she wants to break taboos surrounding her gender identity.

Laerte Coutinho, better known as simply Laerte and one of Brazil’s best-known cartoonists and comic strip artists, introduced herself as a woman at the age of 60.

“I’m at a point where all of that ceased to be taboo for me. It stopped being a problem, and so for that to become a positive experience for other people I think is great,” Laerte, now 65, said in Sao Paulo during the presentation of “Laerte-se,” a Tru3Lab production for Netflix.

A film sprinkled with humor and featuring some rehearsed scenes, the documentary takes viewers inside Laerte’s home and provides insight into her life and career.

Laerte says that it was through her cartoons — and particularly the character Hugo, a man in a constant state of transition who converses with his female alter-ego, Muriel — that she began to explore her identity as a woman.

Her illustrations complement the dialogue throughout the documentary, which was directed by journalist Eliane Brum and filmmaker Lygia Barbosa da Silva.

A camera accompanied Laerte for months and captured different aspects of her life for the documentary.

teleSUR

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Rita Peixoto and Carlos Fuchs CD

Independent in Rio – Part II

More and more artists are taking control of their own recordings. Rita Peixoto and ...

94% of Brazilians Don’t Think President Temer Represent Them

The latest Ipsos poll published by one of Brazil’s most widely read newspapers, O ...

Paulo Coelho

In France, Australia, Spain, and Brazil, naturally, he has been a constant guest of ...

Pictures of a younger Luiz Carlos da Rocha and now

After 30 Years and Plastic Surgery, Police Nab Brazil’s Number One Druglord

Police have captured one of South America’s biggest cocaine kingpins, Luiz Carlos da Rocha, ...

Best-seller books, plays & movies

PLAYS   Alô? Madame!… — It all starts when two friends get a phone ...

Brazilian troops in Haiti - Photo: Marcio Schiavon

13 Years Later, After Contributing 37,000 Troops, Brazil Is Ready to Leave Haiti

After 13 years of operations and numerous announcements about the closure date, the Brazilian ...

Excuse us for the mess. We're changing the country.

Mapping Brazil’s Political Polarization Online

People increasingly use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter as their primary source ...