Week 3: Our Rights, Our Culture, Our History

Rights aren’t always achieved through lobbying and advocacy. Whether it is fighting for rights through music, vlogs or carnival costumes, recounting histories of violent oppression or (quite literally) “messing around” with cardboard politicians, these movies celebrate queer culture and show that, whether willingly or not, queerness can immediately become political.

Week 3 Poster

Tuesday, September 18th, 6 PM: Tchindas

SASOD Office (203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens)

(Cape Verde, Spain), 94’ | Dir: Pablo García and Marc Serena

Tchinda is one of most beloved women in Cape Verde, especially after she came out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the term used by locals to name queer Cape Verdeans. Despite her great reputation, Tchinda remains humble and every afternoon she happily tours the neighborhood to sell her best “coxinhas”, a classic Brazilian treat: fried balls of chicken. But every February all changes. It’s the month leading up to their Carnival, when the slow-paced atmosphere of the island transforms into a frenzied hustle and bustle as thousands flock to the streets. Locals join forces to create something beautiful out of nothing. This documentary is as trip to an unknown side of Africa that very few may have ever imagined.

The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, writing it was “a beautifully shot vérité chronicle of the all-consuming Carnival preparations on São Vicente”. Since its international premiere ‘Tchindas received several awards at festivals such as the Outfest, the Chicago Reeling LGBT Film Festival, MiradasDoc, and LesGaiCineMad. It has also been screened at Seminci and is in competition at the In-Edit and View São Paulo International Film Festival.


Thursday, September 20th, 6 PM: Rights, Culture and History 


SASOD Office (203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens)

Sookee – Of Seahorses and Closets (Germany), 34’ | Dir: Kerstin Polte

„Sookee – Of Seahorses and Closets“ is a multilayered and intimate portrait of Sookee, a famous queer-feminist Hip Hop Artist and left-wing activist in Germany. She fights against sexism, homophobia and racism – in german society and, especially, in german hip-hop for years now.

Fellow Korhkut (Turkey), 13’ | Dir: Ahmet Bulut

Cengiz rapes the cardboard model of a local politicians. When he learns what he did was sinful, he starts to think that the cardboard mayor seduced him and he wants to kill it.

The Red Tree (Italy, US), 20’ | Dir: Paul Rowley

The Red Tree is short documentary that tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini’s Fascist regime. In the film, an elderly man returns to the island of San Domino where 60 years before during the Fascist era he was imprisoned with hundreds of other men for being homosexual.

Fuck My Tongue! (France), 1’  | Dir: Grisel Amaury

Sexual diversity- in closeup.

Heaven’s Rage (UK), 14’ | Dir: Mark Crane

Heaven’s Rage is based on the novel of the same name by author Leslie Tate. Leslie Tate’s memoir is by turns an elegy for a lost childhood, a tribute to the power of literature and a demand for the right to identity in world that turns too easily on those who differ from the conventional.

Soy Alex (Spain), 16’ | Dir: Joss Manz, Itzuri Sanchez

Documentary portrait of Alex, a transgender Youtuber from Barcelona with more than 30 thousand subscribers who wants to help other trans boys by sharing his experience in the social networks. His activity online discovers a relationship between building his body and develop an online profile. 

Total: 97 minutes, 6 shorts