Dzi Croquettes

Tatiana Issa, Raphael Alvarez

Brazil, Documentary, 2009
98 min, MiniDV, Color/Black & White
Portuguese, French and English with English subtitles


Dzi Croquettes was a theater group that, through talent, irony and humor, confronted the Brazilian government and its violent dictatorship during the 1970s and 1980s. They were banned and censored by the military regime and yet revolutionized theater and dance language. Their history embraces Brazilian pop culture of the time, the sexual revolution, the beginning of the AIDS era and, above all, the enormous legacy they inspired in every single person that had the opportunity to see their work. They were admired by luminaries such as Liza Minnelli, who became a personal friend and played a major role in bringing them to Paris and subsequently to fame. This documentary received the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Rio International Film Festival and the Audience Award at São Paulo International Film Festival.


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Tatiana Issa was born in São Paulo, Brazil but spent most of her childhood years in Europe. To date, Issa's credits include 18 successful theatrical productions and numerous leading roles in major motion pictures. Raphael Alvarez grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a teen, Alvarez moved to New York to further pursue his love of acting. He enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he studied acting, theater and on-camera production. Dzi Croquettes is their first feature film.


Producer: Tatiana Issa, Raphael Alvarez, Bob Cline
Production Companies: TRIA Productions, CANAL BRASIL
Screenwriter: Tatiana Issa
Cinematographer: Jorge Galo
Editor: Raphael Alvarez
Sound Design: Aurelio Dias
Music: Claudio Lins
Cast: Liza Minnelli, Ron Lewis, Gilberto Gil, Nelson Motta, Marília Pêra, Ney Matogrosso, Betty Faria, José Possi Neto, Miéle, Jorge Fernando, César Camargo Mariano, Cláudia Raia, Miguel Falabella, Pedro Cardoso, Norma Bengell.

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