Moments of togetherness and loneliness captured by photographs and films; dreams and celebrations told alongside struggles and repression. This program of short films explores the power of personal archives and oral history to preserve collective memories. Voices from the past echo in the present. Through various forms and sensitivities, these beautiful shorts remind us how sharing our most personal stories can bring us closer together.
Length: 88 min
Memórias Reveladas (Memories Revealed)
From Buenos Aires to Hanover, this photo-novel reveals the struggles, lives spent in exile and grief, but also the happy memories of trans women like Magali, Maria Belen, Ivana, and Carla, who work to protect a treasure trove of seven thousand photos: the Archivo de la Memoria Trans Argentina.
by Quentin Worthington
Eram somnambul când am văzut toate acele culori
(I Had Been Sleepwalking When I Saw All Those Colors)
Inspired by Derek Jarman’s Section 28 installation, the film compares stories from a recent history of the Romanian queer community with current personal experiences, linking them to lyrical observations about a still hidden present, a distillation of the distance between the silent realities of queer love and the hysteria of its public representation.
by Bogdan Balla
Let My Body Speak
This documentary is a personal and intimate journey exploring the repression experience by the filmmaker during her childhood when she faced sexual control in a Damascus also experiencing a growing socio-political repression in the late 80s early 90s.Through the creative use of family archive in Damascus mixed with current footage of her body she reconstructs the pain of the past absorbed by her body.
by Madonna Adib
UK, Lebanon, 2020
For Roya, Zeeba uses video footage from her* first and at the same time very last trip back to Iran after she* had to leave the country in the 90s. Zeeba constructs a half-documentary, half-fictional narrative that reflects on the concepts of belonging and upheaval with longings, dreams and dissolved self-constructions in multiple voices.
Roya (“Dream, Vision“ in farsi) is an Iranian dancer and the main narrator of the film. She describes herself as “partly a sample consisting of different layers” and gives an intimate speech to the audience. Roya questions the exoticizing gaze of western viewers. A mysterious snail that is connected to Roya opens up a story within the story by telling us about a roadtrip from Isfahan to Sari (Iran). Meanwhile Roya’s lover, a fabulous alienesque being, lands on earth to build a lush, revolutionary garden of pleasure.
by Rosh Zeeba
Germany, Iran, 2022
El jardín de los faunos
(The Garden of Fauns)
Retracing the life and work of Spain’s Nazario Luque, groundbreaking queer artist and author of the first openly gay underground comic strips. Romantic and sharply provocative, El jardín de los faunos is an intimate portrait of a man who devoted his life to love and freedom, amplifying queer culture in a country still discovering its freedom after Franco’s dictatorship.
by Pol Merchan
Germany, Spain, 2022