Film Screening: Tchindas


On Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in Siegel Hall, Room 118 the Office of Campus Life will screen the film Tchindas.

Tchinda Andrade is one of most beloved women in Cape Verde, especially after she came out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the term used by locals to name queer Cape Verdeans.

Despite her great reputation, Tchinda remains humble and every afternoon she happily tours the neighborhood to sell her best “coxinhas,” a classic Brazilian treat: delicious fried balls of chicken.

But every February all changes. It’s the month leading up to their Carnival, when the slow-paced atmosphere of the island transforms into a frenzied hustle and bustle as thousands flock to the streets. The days before the Carnival are hectic. Locals join forces to create something beautiful out of nothing. It becomes a “Little Brazil” as their most acclaimed singer, Cesária Évora (1941-2011), defined it in one of her most famous “mornas.” This documentary is a trip to an unknown side of Africa that very few may have ever imagined.

This event reflects the values expressed in IIT’s Diversity Statement and is intended to promote diversity at Illinois Tech.