When former South African beauty queen and amateur craftsperson Sharon Rose Khumalo learns that she is intersex, she begins to explore her own identity. Together with intersex activist Dimakatso Sebidi, she wants to overcome the barriers intersex people face. The two question why society places such a high value on distinct sex characteristics and realize that both of their lives ran parallel and yet are quite unique.
Tünde Skovrán has worked with Sharon and Dimakatso for over four years to give the film a shared form, to give the intersex community a public voice, which is rarely achieved as respectfully and poignantly as it is here.
Content warning: mention of interphobia, discussion of surgeries; depiction of animal killing, religious hate speech
RO/ZA/CDN/D/US 2023 | Documentary | R: Tünde Skovrán | 103 min. | English, Sotho with German subtitles
“Someone once asked me, ‘Why don’t you write your biography?’ I replied, ‘Because fucking Virginia Woolf already wrote it back in 1928.'” That’s how Paul B. Preciado’s much-anticipated, Teddy Award-winning film debut opens, in which 25 trans and non-binary people take on the roles of Woolf’s novel character Orlando. The lines between personal narrative and adaptation quickly blur as the Orlandos choreograph exuberant dance routines in waiting rooms, intimately make out with trees, and engage pathologizing psychiatrists in games of chess. Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, but always full of poetry and resilience, they settle scores with the compulsory binary system and set off into a queer utopia.
Nominated for the QueerScope Debut Film Award!
Orlando, My Political Biography | F 2023 | Documentary | R: Paul B. Preciado | 98 min. | French with German subtitles
In EGÚNGÚN, a funeral makes two people relive their shared past. A pregnancy test raises questions about the future in GRINDR BABY. ARIBADA experimentally combines the everyday life of the indigenous Traviesas with the performative and fantastical in the Colombian rainforest. LES LIAISONS FOIREUSES tells of youthful advances at a house party. In ARE WE THERE YET, two people in a relationship negotiate whether they want to give the family insight into their relationship. Based on true events, AYOR sheds light on a courageous protest in the Netherlands in the 1970s. The underwater film THE BEAUTY OF BEING DEAF breaks with societal notions of being disabled. Poetic and quiet, PRAYERS FOR SWEET WATERS portrays the lives of three trans sex workers from South Africa. The queer fever dream TANK FAIRY sends us off into the night with drag, glitter and a catchy tune.
Egúngún: depiction of blood, domestic violence Grindr Baby: deals with termination of pregnancy Les liaisons foireuses: queerphobic statements; depiction of bullying, alcohol consumption AYOR: depiction of police brutality, interrogation situation; queerphobic statements Prayers for Sweet Waters: depiction of suicide, death; mention of violence Tank Fairy: depiction of bullying