BEST DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARD - 2022 Portland Film Festival | Screened at Smithsonian American Art MuseumFemale Street Artists • Latino / Latina Studies • Female Solidarity • Artistic Expressions • Urban Studies • Spanish Language • Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 71 minutes | Language: English, Spanish, & Portuguese with French, Spanish, & Brazilian Portuguese subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Alexandra Henry | Producers: Alexandra Henry, Jordan Noël Hawkes & Valiant Pictures | Executive Producer: Zahra Sherzad | Associate Producer: Some Serious Business | Editor: Simone Cassas
STREET HEROINES is an award-winning feature-length documentary celebrating the courage and creativity of women who despite their lack of recognition have been an integral part of the graffiti and street art movement since the beginning. With authentic vérité storytelling woven between an interview-driven narrative, STREET HEROINES juxtaposes the personal experiences of three emerging Latina artists from New York City, Mexico City, and São Paulo as they navigate a male-dominated subculture to establish artistic identities within chaotic urban landscapes.
Toofly, born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, NY, is determined to use her art to help others and embarks on a journey that leads her back to Ecuador after establishing a unique friendship with the first female of graffiti, Lady Pink. Fusca, a talented painter who moved to Mexico City inspired by its embrace of muralism, becomes dismayed by the machinations behind the urban art scene and is forced to reanalyze her passion. In the concrete jungle of São Paulo, Brazil Magrela expresses her feelings on the complexities of being a woman through vibrant colors and radical imagery painted across city walls only to one day be confronted by the very authorities that make her feel unwanted in the public space. Combined with historical anecdotes from pioneering artists including Lady Pink, Swoon, Lady Aiko, Nina Pandolfo and iconic graffiti photographer Martha Cooper, among others, Street Heroines is the first-of-its-kind documentary to capture the collective outcry of female street artists.