As the sun sets and we move closer to each other, the screen opens to an exploration of ‘the queer’ with its myriad levels of strangeness. The myth of the monster, feminist lineages, a forelorn romantic encounter, post-traumatic resistance and a spy that will enchant us all… On September 5th at 8pm, the 16th XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin presents a selection of short films from this year’s festival edition: narrative, documentary, experimental.
Menarca by Lillah Hallah
Brazil 2020, 22 min
In a Brazilian village infested with piranhas, Nanã and Mel are fast growing into adolescence as they dream of ways of protecting themselves against a seemingly inescapable violence. When a mysterious body appears tangled in a fisherman’s net, the two girls begin to learn what might be their ultimate protection.
the words I do not have yet by Phoebe Boswell
UK 2018, 11 min
In “the words i do not have yet”, Phoebe Boswell pays homage to women who, “have used their bodies in protest when not permitted to use their voices.” In this layered work, both the written and spoken words of poet Audre Lorde and Kenyan writers Wambui Mwangi and Ndinda Kioko are superimposed atop original animated drawings of these contested bodies. The result is a choir of voices that are at once harmonious and discordant, exposing the complex intersection between individual and collective experiences of oppression.
Heaven Reaches Down To Earth by Tebogo Malebogo
South Africa 2020, 10 min
France 2020, 10 minHere you are SCUM, caged creature. Your gaze wavers inside the rage of our time. Your scream testifies to an individual and societal wound, a traumatic memory of our condition to overthrow. Your gesture, survival drive, questions our visceral link to violence. SCUM, in your silicon hands young germs are growing and mutating.
อนินทรีย์แดง (Red Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall) by Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke
Thailand 2020, 30 min
The queer espionage film made in the tradition of Cold-War-era Thai dubbed film. A ladyboy prostitute-cum-spy is assigned a mission to disguise as a cis-masculine gay to spy on a student activist.