Street Heroines

USA

Street Heroines is an award-winning feature-length documentary that follows three emerging Latina artists from the urban underbellies of New York City, Mexico City, and São Paulo, Brazil as they demonstrate the courage and creativity of women, who despite the lack of recognition, have been an integral part of the graffiti and street art movement since the beginning. Toofly, born in Ecuador but raised in Queens, NY, while inspired by the graffiti writers from the 80s and 90s New York City, never had any female peers that gave her confidence to reach the next level. Determined to help others through graffiti, her journey leads her to become the very person she wished she had known as a young girl. Fusca, a talented painter, moved to Mexico City inspired by its embrace of all things artistic, however making it as an artist becomes a tricky world to navigate and she is left to reanalyze why and for who she makes art. In the concrete jungle of São Paulo Magrela expresses her feelings of being a woman through vibrant colors and radical imagery on city walls only to one day be confronted by the very authorities that make women feel unwanted in the public space. With authentic vérité storytelling woven between an interview-driven narrative, and historical anecdotes from pioneering artists including Lady Pink, Claw Money, Nina Pandolfo, Swoon, Lady Aiko, 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. While numerous graffiti genre documentaries feature familiar names such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey, Street Heroines infiltrates this masculine space by legitimizing women’s voices within an unquestionably important movement that symbolizes far more than the sum of its parts. Now, in the wake of #MeToo and Time’s Up, there is no time more relevant for a film that exposes the struggles of female artists worldwide and situates them within the global conversation. A bastion of female empowerment, Street Heroines gives visibility to fearless artists who create their own opportunities in the name of women’s rights, gender and economic equality, increased accessibility to the arts, and the celebration of cultural identity. Directed by: Alexandra Henry Runtime: 72min
Street Heroines