The graffiti on walls in Brazilian streets are traces of a movement that have remained in a public space. They become symbols. How do we produce meaning together? What is meaningful right now, in the face of so much senselessness and violence? The films depict moments of searching. What questions can we ask now? What connections can we make? What stories can be told? The films invite us to ask questions together. In doing so, they remain in smaller contexts and closer proximity, rather than large sweeping narratives. Day-to-day life is brought into focus and is the starting point for further discussion.
This section provides with its own forum for all genres of film that deal with sexual identity and diversity. The desired! – film lust & queer programme puts the focus on lifestyles and concepts of love that differ from those of society’s majority and question prevailing ideas and notions of gender and their assigned social roles. The diversity of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersexual lifestyles is highlighted in six to eight programmes comprising documentaries, feature films and lectures on film culture.
Natascha Frankenberg is a film and media scholar. She works in the cultural film education field, as a curator for film festivals and lecturer at various universities. Her PhD dissertation examined the subject of temporality at the nexus of film and queer studies, focusing on documentary work in queer cinema.
»Where other than at the Internationales Frauen Film Fest Dortmund+Köln do I get the chance to work with such focus on film from a queer-feminist perspective? And to give a platform to films that intervene in normative structures and audiovisually expand our realms of possibilities and fantasies, and thus hopefully also make realities changeable?«
Leah Gerfelmeyer returned to the Ruhr to take a Master’s degree in Media and Gender Studies, and is now a firm fan of her adopted home of Gelsenkirchen and a member of the [kuʃ]kollektiv, which is based in the city. She will soon be moving to Bayreuth to research Germany’s colonial past in West Africa. Together with Natascha Frankenberg, she viewed submissions for the desired! – film lust & queer section of IFFF Dortmund+Köln 2022.
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