Vor rund einem Monat endete die 67. Berlinale nach 10 Tagen mit vielen Premieren, unzähligen Veranstaltungen, Diskussionen und internationalem Networking. Neben dem Umzug des Queer Academy / Programmers Meeting in den Martin Gropius Bau haben wir in diesem Jahr als weiteres Format die TEDDY Diversity Talks initiiert. Im Ergänzung zum Queer Academy Summit im letzten Jahr, ermöglichen uns die Talks mit den Filmemachern in einem intimeren Rahmen ausführlicher auf die Filme und gesellschaftspolitischen Aspekte rund um das Queer Cinema einzugehen und zu diskutieren.
Die diesjährigen TEDDY Diversity Talks wurden unterstützt von der L´Oréal Paris Lounge @ 67. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin und dem BRLO Brwhouse.
Independent queer narratives and The United States of Oppression
TRAVIS MATHEWS director „DISCREET“ (In Their Room, I Want Your Love, Interior: Leather Bar) and first-time filmmaker YANCE FORD, director „STRONG ISLAND“ talk about their films Discreet and Strong Island, and discuss the levels of queer and racist oppression that has been going on in the USA for decades and how it has affected their works. Talking about the closeted spaces of Texas, the alt-right movement, everyda racism and the segregationist population of Long Island, both filmmakers discuss how political circumstances have impacted their feature films.
QUEER FOR THE KIDS
The potential of non-normative children and youth in cinema
The Kinds are alright: When it comes to questioning existing concepts of gender, sexuality and humanity at an early age, Berlinale Generation is always a cinematic shoulder to lean on: Filmmakers NEIL TRIFFETT, director „EMO THE MUSICAL“ and LIA HIETALA, director „MY GAY SISTER“ (MIN HOMOSYSTER) both presented films about queer youth this year and provided cinematic alternatives to heteronormativity. Be it the Emo, the gay Highschool boy, the bi-curious child or her lesbian sister- both films showed their young audiences that boxes and categories are something to leave behind.
Our history books are exclusively heterosexual
Filmmakers ANDREA WEISS, director „BONES OF CONTENTION“ and JOCHEN HICK, director „MY WONDERFUL WEST-BERLIN“ discuss in this talk how queer historiography can influence the identification process of children and young adults; the importance of accessible queer archives as well as the difficulties filmmakers can face during the process of research.
IN THE FLESH.
The other body in queer cinema
Cult filmmaker SHU LEA CHEANG director “FLUIDØ”, (I.K.U.) and first-time director EDUARDO CASANOVA, director “SKINS” (PIELES) both premiered at Berlinale Panorama with films that question the logics and semantics of bodies as we know them. Where Cheang follows the thread of the cyborg cosmos she has invented in her cinematic and video work, Casanova takes the idea of the freak, developed on his earlier works, to a new level and composes and opera of otherness. The two filmmakers discuss their ideas and sometimes controversial concepts with great openness.
Hope to see you 2018.
This years Diversity talks were supported by L´Oréal Paris @ the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Thanks a lot to the wonderful team of L´Oréal Paris and the BRLO Brwhouse for hosting us.