These short films bring the body to the present moment: Dancing bodies, animated bodies, fluid bodies, bodies in transition, bodies looking or being looked at. Emotions are stirred, mirrors reflect desires. We return to the body as a site of transformation, the body as a tool of art, in search for embodied liberation.
Length: 73 min
BOOKANIMA, a compound word of ‘Book’ and ‘Anima’, is Experimental Animation project to give book new cinematic life. It aims ‘Book Cinema’ in the third scope between Book and Cinema by Chronophotography Animation, paying homage for Edward Muybridge and Entienne Jules-Marey.
It creates experimental locomotion of Dance along with its stream: Ballet-Korean Dance-Modern Dance-Jazz Dance-Aerial Silk-Tap Dance-Aerobic-Disco-Break Dance-Hip hop-Social Dance.
In Haiti, the word masisi is used as a slur on men considered feminine, gay men, trans and non-binary people. In face of prejudice and hostility, many masisi find shelter in the religious context of Vodou. In a series of performances inspired by Vodou and drag, Haitian artist and activist Sanba Yonel pays a queer tribute to the gods.
Should I ask about your moustache?
In the closed-in intimate space of a bathroom mirror, two male identifying protagonists look for the in-betweens of masculinity. They search for the common language of their dialogue through words and gestures, while one is drawing his moustache and the other shaving his.
Mooie Alexander (Beautiful Alexander)
A courtship dance between two boys, Alexander and Ivan.
The lead character Alexander is going on summer break for the first time, alone, in the family cottage on the beach. As a young adolescent of seventeen, he is just on the verge of maturing into a man. A lot of insecurity go along with this transition and therefore he has locked himself in the cottage voluntarily. Alexander is longing for love and affection however, most of the time he is overflown by raging hormones. His is very unhappy by his own physique and tries to confront himself with this. As by lightning he is struck by a scene happening outside, on the beach. Looking through the left window he can see a divingboard. Since the tide is low, the ground below the diving board is dry. On the highest board we see Ivan, a passer-by, resting on his towel. Alexander turns his cassette on and starts doing some stretching after which he falls exhausted unto the bed. Then his attention is pulled by music coming from outside, music that Ivan is playing. Ivan starts to dance sensually to the music. Alexander is locked to this image and can not pull his eyes away. He craves a touch, just to feel Ivan’s sun-kissed skin of his body, his eyes..However, he remains inside and spies on Ivan with a set of binoculars. Cautiously he imitates Ivan’s dance as a form of admiration. When all of a sudden Ivan is gone, and Alexander fears he will never come back. He is furious that he let the chance slip by because he did not approach Ivan. With excitement he waits, hoping to see Ivan again. Fortunantly, Ivan returns to the divingboard the next morning. Now Alexander has to push himself to leave the safe and comfortable cottage for the scary outside world, a world with Ivan. When he spots competition for Ivan’s attention, her forces himself to take the step. Once outside, Alexander is rewarded by a smile and a touch of Ivan. Alexander is hit by a feeling of internal victory.