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The 13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin
24th - 27th May


FRIDAY 10/05/19, 16:30 Moviemento

Caroline Berler 2018 USA 58′

A delightful dive into lesbian cinema, DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION! has travelled the world of queer film festivals – and rightfully so! Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they transformed the social imagination about queerness. This documentary covers the history of queer cinema from the early days as a marginalized sub-culture till today.

The film examines the ways that women directors have contributed to this genre and emphasizes the role that the media plays in representation of sexuality and gender, underscoring the power that film has to shape our perceptions of one another. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film.

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION! highlights some of our most beloved filmmakers – including Barbara Hammer, whose life and work we celebrate throughout our entire XPOSED program this year. The film is an inspiring call to explore again and again the films by lesbians past and present – and to continue writing the herstory of lesbian and queer cinema. Join our panel on this topic on Saturday, May 11th!


Supporting film
Lois Norman 2017 GB 13′

A Short Film By Lois Norman exploring work on Pleasure & the Female Body by Visual Artist, Ope Lori.
In She is Juiced: Slice Two – Ope Lori, we explore British Nigerian Visual Artist, Ope Lori’s work, as she highlights the dark corners of online Pornography and the Erotic, re-frames racial and Lesbian stereotypes and lets the concept of desire, the body and pleasure nurture her creativity. Specialising in using video and photography in her political practice Ope has now shown nationally and internationally alongside world revered artists such as Kara E Walker and Ayana V Jackson.
In this slice of film, trailblazing British Caribbean Artist, Sonya Boyce MBE RA and LGBTQIA+ Fine Art Photographer, Ajumu, whose own work reflects Ope’s in the exploration of same-sex desire and the Black body, help pull into focus, an exciting snapshot exploring sexual pleasure and sexuality, gender and difference and… a new way of looking.