October 2016 Archives

Documentaries at Fringe!

Posted on Fri 28 Oct by AlexK / Documentary, QTIPOC, gender

As in previous years documentaries are a big part of the Fringe! Programme and following on from that tradition this year’s programme features a varied selection of non-fiction films exploring the lives of queer people. This year’s documentary films particularly focus on two main themes - the exploration of gender expressions around the globe, while a significant portion reveal a rich tapestry of stories by and about queer and trans people of colour. 

Check It - Thursday 17 November - The Institute of Light
Dir-Prod Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer / USA 2016 / 91min

In this spirited and raw documentary, Washington D.C street gang Check It (claimed as the only documented queer gang in the world) are thrown onto the world stage as they struggle to survive and claw their way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue: fashion.

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The Same Difference - Friday 18 November - Hackney Showroom
Dir Nneka Onuorah / United States 2015 / 78 min
Confronting expectations of oppressive gender performance and lesbian-on-lesbian discrimination, this compelling documentary becomes a platform for queer women of colour to discuss hypocrisy intersecting race, gender and sexuality.
A Womb of Their Own - Saturday 19 November - Hackney Showroom
Dir Cyn Lubow / USA 2016 / 85min

What can a diverse group of masculine-identified, pregnant people teach the world about gender? This touching and optimistic documentary follows queer transmasculine people experiencing pregnancy in the space between gender binaries, with identities in flux. 

Guru: A Hijra Story - Saturday 19 November - Hackney Showroom
Dir Laurie Colson & Axelle Le Dauphin / Belgium/India 2016 / 75min

This moving portrait gives an insightful glance into the daily life of a family of transgender women in India - the hijras, more commonly referred to as ‘the third gender’. The film paints a fascinating portrait of their history, mythology, rituals and place in contemporary indian society, where they are revered in the country’s religious history yet ostracised by society and commonly rejected by their families.

The Peculiar Kind
- Saturday 19 November - Hackney Showroom
Dir Alexis Casson / USA 2016

Based on the web series of the same name this illuminating documentary candidly explores the lives and experiences of queer women of color with eye-opening and unscripted conversations.

Kiki - Saturday 19 November - Barbican
Dir Sara Jordenö / Sweden/US / 2016 / 95min

In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-colour gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video VOGUE and the documentary PARIS IS BURNING. Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth has formed an artistic activist subculture. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting and complex insight into a safe space created and governed by queer youth of color, who are demanding happiness and political power. 

Strike a Pose - Sunday 20 November - Rio Cinema
Dir Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan / Netherlands/Belgium 2016 / 83min

It's called a dance floor, and here's what it's for. Strike A Pose is a moving documentary catching up with the dancers of Madonna's Blond Ambition tour and stars of In Bed With Madonna aka Truth or Dare. While the tour came to epitomise Madonna’s commitment to gay liberation and the acknowledgement of AIDS, the gay dancers Salim, Kevin, Carlton, José, Luis and Gabriel soon found themselves to be role models in the gay community.

Suited - Sunday 20 November - Genesis Cinema
Dir Jason Benjamin / USA 2016 / 77min 

Going deeper than fine fabrics and silk linings, Suited takes a modern, evolved look at gender through the conduit of clothing and elucidates the private and emotional experience surrounding it. With heart and optimism, the film documents a cultural shift that is creating a new demand—and response—for each person’s right to go out into the world with confidence.