Gender at the End of the World

November 4 | 6:00pm
@ OCAD University
Sliding scale $5-15
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Queer genders are beautiful and fluid: they often play and tease out the masculine-femme binary in defiance of normativity. Yet queer gender expressions are rarely safe from ridicule and forms of violence. This program of shorts explores gender expression in different social and political climates. We follow their subjects as they navigate the tricky terrain of queer sexualities and gender expressions in a colonial world of binaries and gender norms.

Approximate running time: 73 minutes.

dirs. Bruno Victor & Marcus Azevedo | Brazil | 2017 | 16 min
This short portrait of Victor Hugo, a young Black gay man, blurs fiction and documentary style to capture Black queer and trans life in the suburbs of a major Brazilian capital.

dir. brenda jorde | Germany | 2016 | 10 min
Va-Bene is a performance artist who, after migrating from Ghana to Germany, critiques Ghanaian conventions that don‘t leave space for anyone outside the norm.

The Boy Who Bleeds in the Middle of the Sea
dir. James Fajardo | Philippines | 2018 | 15 min
A fishing community faces an impending demolition because the landowner, who is also the source of improvised dynamite bombs, is planning to transform the place into a beach resort. One of the fisherfolks is Simon, a teenage boy, who menstruates in the middle of fishing.

Every Once in a While When I Die I Cry
dir. R.B. Lima | Brazil | 2017 | 15 min
A genderqueer sexual encounter at a cruising spot in haunted ruins turns violent in this poetic, experimental narrative short.

dir. Denise Kelm Soares | Brazil | 2018 | 18 min
Lui builds his body according to his wishes and desires. He likes playing with the visual, with the routine, with sex, with the genre. As a circus teacher and living in a magical world, he is discovering the beauties of a light and fun love, but he gets disappointed when realizes that the person he loves cannot see who he truly is.

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