Queen of Lapa

Queen of Lapa — Latin Reel

December 4 · 7:00 pm

The Center


Directed by Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat

2019, Brazil, 73 min, Portuguese with English Subtitles

Q&A and reception with directors Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat. Moderated by Fabio Andrade.


Against the backdrop of political corruption and flagrant transphobia in Brazil, the late, great Luana Muniz—cabaret performer, activist, and sex worker since age 11—minced no words about the challenges in calling Lapa, Rio de Janeiro home. In her hostel, she provided a rare safe haven and a heavy dose of tough love for the next generation of trans sex workers.

Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat beautifully honor Muniz’s memory, the space she fostered for young trans women, and those following in her uncompromising footsteps. Along with profiling an unsung heroine, this fly-on-the-wall verité documentary humbly listens, sans judgement, to frank discussions of transfemme triumph and tragedy in Lapa’s streets.

This event is in partnership with NewFest at The Center Presents.

Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm

Screening Room at The Center
208 West 13th Street,
New York, NY, 10011