Tchindas

About This Episode


Calm reigns in Sâo Vicente, a small Cape Verdean island off the West Coast of Africa, where most of the residents have never moved away. In the island's port city of Mindelo, Tchinda is one of the community's most beloved women especially after coming out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become synonymous with the way local people call queer Cape Verdeans. Tchinda, who sells "coxinhas” (a Brazilian street food) by day, is responsible for security at her bar in the evening as music and grog, the famous local rum, permeates every corner of the island.

In February, the island evolves as thousands of people pack into the streets for Carnival. The days leading up to the event are hectic with the locals working together to make something beautiful out of nothing; they recycle everything they can to create a structure that will be more magical every day.