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

6pm: XPOSED SHORTS 5 – Linkages, Lineages

SATURDAY 11/05/19, 18:00 Moviemento

Linkages, Lineages
When in search, we may travel to distant places and across generations. To those that were there before us: lesbian filmmakers, feminists, ancestors. To find home in a name or a body. We turn to others when we search for ourselves. Ridden by spirits, unexpected connections unfold. Film footage, spanning three decades, spanning four decades, finds new life.


Lynne Sachs 2018 USA 9′

From 2015 to 2017, Lynne visited with Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Hammer and Gunvor Nelson, three multi-faceted artists who have embraced the moving image throughout their lives. From Carolee’s 18th Century house in the woods of Upstate New York to Barbara’s West Village studio to Gunvor’s childhood village in Sweden, Lynne shoots film with each woman in the place where she finds grounding and spark.


Harry Lighton 2018 UK 11′

“Tradition can be cruel you know, and we used to do a very cruel thing on the day after Christmas…”
In his sermon on St Stephen’s Day, a priest from County Cork recalls the now-outmoded wren hunting tradition. Boys on the cusp of manhood would be sent out to kill a wren, and later the parish would gather for the burial of the bird. The tradition symbolized the burial of the past, promising a fresh start in the new year. But it was cruel, and tradition, Father Conor concludes, does not legitimise cruelty.
Later that day, Conor drives his nephew to prison to visit a battle-worn inmate. Their visit is one born of a new 21st Century Ireland, which casts a critical eye on tradition. But within the prison walls, progress operates at a different pace; and runs alongside the threat of violence.
The film WREN BOYS contains images of sexual violence.


Irit Reinheimer 2019 USA 7′

In the second installation of this series, the filmmaker addresses the great-grandmother she’s not quite named after. Using home movies, projections, and newspaper announcements, Emma traces the ways naming practices — being named after land and after ancestors — can make and erase a family geography.

XPOSED is excited to announce that Irit Reinheimer will be personally attending to present her film and to answer questions at the end of the screening.

Anna Luis de Filippis 2017 Canada 13′

As a young trans woman cares for her Italian grandmother, she discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.


Maša Zia Lenárdič & Anja Wutej 2018 Germany/Slovenia 8′

We’ve all done it before. We felt uncomfortable in one place, and thought that running away would solve everything. But it didn’t. What is home? What is comfort? At which point will we take a risk, give it a real try, what will make us stay? And: Are we able to stay at all?

XPOSED is excited to announce that Maša Zia Lenárdič & Anja Wutej will be personally attending to present their film and to answer questions at the end of the screening.


Sky Hopinka 2017 USA 17′

An incomplete and imperfect portrait of reflections from Standing Rock. Cleo Keahna recounts his experiences entering, being at, and leaving the camp and the difficulties and the reluctance in looking back with a clear and critical eye. Terry Running Wild describes what his camp is like, and what he hopes it will become.


Sally Cloninger 2018 USA/Philippines 23′

MIX-MIX (HALO-HALO) is a Filipino dessert, a memoir, a treatise on global feminism and misogyny, a coming out story and a metaphor for experimental filmmaking. Like the dessert, it is experimental, complicated, a bit disturbing, layered, not for everyone, but ultimately, refreshing. Shot in the Philippines over a period of three decades.


Deborah Stratman 2019 USA 12′

A cross-generational binding of three filmmakers seeking alternative possibilities to power structures they’re inherently part of. The film grew out of abandoned film projects of Maya Deren and Barbara Hammer. Shot at the furthest point of a motorcycle trip Hammer took to Guatemala in 1975, and laced through with Deren’s reflections of failure, encounter and initiation in 1950s Haiti. A vever is a symbolic drawing used in Haitian Voodoo to invoke a Loa, or god.