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The th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin

OUT AND ABOUT – Queere Sichtbarkeiten in der Sammlung der Berlinischen Galerie

Out and About
Queere Sichtbarkeiten in der Sammlung der Berlinischen Galerie

XPOSED cooperates with the volunteer project “Out & About. Queer Visibilities in the Collection of the Berlinische Galerie”. XPOSED has selected six short films from previous years of the festival as well as the upcoming program – the 15th anniversary edition in May 2021. Formally, geographically and thematically, the works represent a broad spectrum. Compilation films about the drag- and trans* scene of the 1980s in Cordoba, Argentina (PLAYBACK) and a portrait of the Ghanaian performance artist VA-BENE stand next to the audiovisual essay GALATÉE À L’INFINI, which deals with the subjugation of the female body. Here, physicality is a key to liberation. It is the starting point not only for the search for new forms of expression, but also for breaking free, as is the case in the immersive poetic reflections on queerness in JOURNEY TO THE CHARBAGH and PIRATE BOYS. Self-determination and appropriation are also carefully celebrated in BATERÍA, in which a lonely camera roams a very special cruising area – and longs for utopian spaces in the present.

Due to the corona-related closure of the museum, the program will initially be shown exclusively online: The films are freely available between November 22 and 29 in the Virtual Video Room of the Berlinische Galerie.

22nd – 29th November

Abdullah Quresh, Finland, Pakistan, 2019, 17mins

Drawing upon Sufi traditions of interpreting Islamic sacred texts, where love and equality are celebrated, Journey to the CharBagh is a poetic and experimental exploration of queerness from a Muslim perspective. The narrative focuses on the figure of the Buraq, a winged mythological creature with the ability to travel to heaven, encountering terrestrial and celestial beings, moving toward a spiritual and queer awakening.

Damian Sainz, Cuba, 2016, 16mins

The ruins of an ancient military fortress outside Havana have become a clandestine gay cruising spot. Its old walls and rubbles give shelter, not only to Cuban gay men, but also to a culture of resistance and socialization.

Pol Merchan, Germany, 2018, 13mins

Kathy Acker’s writing, and a seminal portrait of her taken by intersex photographer Del LaGrace Volcano, provide a lens through which to explore trans subjectivity and the queering of cinema. Pol Merchan’s hybrid doc fluidly moves from the documentation of the punk era to a more performative exploration of gender.

Brenda Jorde, Ghana/ Germany, 2018, 11mins

Va-Bene is a performance artist who criticizes and draws atention to the restrictive and religious approach to gender that is present in Ghanaian society. This portraitis focused on his performance of femininity, which seeks to chalenge and subvert Ghanaian perceptions of what it is to be a woman. Va-Bene shows that you can be an aly throughart, and fight for what you think is right

Julia Maura, Mariangela Pluchino, Ambra Reijnen, Maria Chatzi, Fátima Flores Rojas, Spain, 2017, 17mins

Based on a revised and updated myth of Pygmalion and Galatea, this brilliant audiovisual essay contrasts, composes and reconstructs archival footage with guidance from a voice-over. A powerful, aggressive and necessary feminist manifesto about how the female body is represented and the utilitarian sense of its sexuality when seen from under the male gaze.

Agustina Comedi, Argentina, 2019, 14mins

In Córdoba, far away from Argentina’s capital city, the end of a military regime promises a spring that doesn’t last long. “La Delpi” is the only survivor from a group of transgender women and drag queens, who began to die of AIDS in the late 80’s. In a catholic and conservative city, the Kalas Group made their weapons and trenches out of improvised dresses and playbacks. Today the images of a unique and unknown footage are not only a farewell letter, but also a friendship manifesto.


XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin