Part PARIS IS BURNING, part CABARET and mixed with a fair share of biting political satire, this wallop of a documentary explains how a feverishly talented group of avant-garde performers inspired national resistance to Prez Artur da Costa e Silva’s harsh and far-reaching military censorship in 1968 Brazil. With “their non-violent celebration of individual freedom,” according to press notes, the heavily drag-influenced group was also particularly ahead of its time in terms of any outwardly recognized ‘gay movement’. Armed with gifted American choreographer Lennie Dale and riding the wave of Bossa Nova, Dzi Croquettes exploded internationally, at one point slated to open on Broadway (everyone from Omar Sharif to Liza Minnelli, who is gleefully present throughout this doc, were vocal fans). As the most awarded documentary in Brazilian history, DZI CROQUETTES deserves its place here, not only for the enthralling performance clips, but also as a film detailing what to do to combat those pesky despots!
Author: Dan HechingPhoto Credit: IMDB