In film "Tchindas", directors Marc Serena and Pablo Garcia Perez de Lara traveled to Sao Vicente to explore the lives of the transsexual community in the city of Mindelo in the run up to its annual carnival.
At the center of preparations is Tchinda Andrade, a firebrand for the island's trans community and one of the first to come out in Sao Vicente back in 1998. So influential is she that "tchinda" has become an term used to describe trans people on the island.
The transgender community make up only a portion of the carnival's throng, but their input can also be felt elsewhere. Andrade brings together local children to perform at the carnival, and her lieutenants Elvis and Edinha help with the costumes for myriad performers.