During the film festival a number of organisations are teaming up to give Queer cinema the limelight from 6 – 10 November
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The theme of Queerness and the lived experience of people who identify as Queer is coming to the fore in popular film, series, and media- as reported in the Omrop Fryslân. To reflect this, organisations including IepenUP and the Roze Zaterdag commission have come together to give an insight into the world of film, created by people who identify outside of the cisgender, heterosexual ‘norm’.
They will work with the Queer Film Festival Utrecht, Zupersition, and Human Rights in the Picture to hold a series of themed screenings between 6 and 10 November. The programme put together will complement the Noordelijk Film Festival, which is celebrating its 40th edition this year. All of the films on the Queer-themed rostrum will be available to see at the ‘Backstage’ at the Neushoorn in Leeuwarden.
The weekly talk-show IepenUp will hold a special discussion about Queer cinema on 6 November. It will include questions, discussions, and the showing of various films, including the documentary ‘m/f/x.’; which gives an insight into the lived experience of a trans woman in Honduras, a trans man in Vietnam, and a non-binary person from the Netherlands.
On Thursday 7 November the film ‘Rafiki’ will be shown. The dramatic film covers the blossoming love between two Kenyan women: with family ties and political circumstances leading to the two having to choose between safety and happiness. The film itself is banned in Kenya.
Carmen & Lola will be shown on 8 November, which tells the story of two women from the Roma community- a traditionally ordered community where same-sex relationships are forbidden. Saturday 9 November will see ‘Galore’ being shown, which covers the life of the Drag Queen sensation Lady Galore (non-stage name Sander de Baas). After the screening, a Q & A session will be held with the film’s director and de Baas himself.
Sunday sees the film ‘Retablo’ being screened, a story that sees the 14-year old Segundo spend a day with his father at the market. What the young boy sees changes his view of his father forever.