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‘Tchindas’ Is a New Documentary About Cape Verde’s Transgender Community and Carnival

'Tchinda Andrade,' the face of Cape Verde's transgender community discusses carnival, LGBT rights and how Cesaria Evora inspired the film.

A statuesque Tchinda Andrade strides out of the White Plains cafe, and finds a table for us to sit. The charming Cape Verdean is in town to promote her documentary, “Tchindas” part of this year’s New York African Film Fest line-up. Over the course of our discussion Andrade tells me about her love for carnival and how she became the island’s most famous transgender figure.

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