This section in Cologne and since 2021 also in Dortmund 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.
Being accepted as a feeling of longing. The films in the desired! – filmlust queer section tell of collective experiences and utopian spaces. With the Covid pandemic still in full flow, these films deal with the question of belonging, about togetherness that extends well beyond the nuclear family, but they also address the issue of violent exclusion. Documentary and feature film narratives take a particularly close look at collective forms of relationships in this year’s films. The concept of “we” in the films is not the one about romantic couples: communal forms of everyone caring for others and of responsibility are central.
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?«
Atlanta Ina Beyer studied cultural work in Potsdam. She lectures in the Gender and Diversity degree programme at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve. She is also currently finishing her dissertation on queer utopias in the aesthetic strategies of queer, audio/visual punk productions. She previously spent many years as editor of a daily newspaper and also as artistic co-director of the queer/feminist spoken-word show »Shut Up and (Sign_)Speak« in Berlin. For IFFF Dortmund+Köln, she has co-screened films for the »desired« section.
»IFFF Dortmund+Köln is always about film as a method of critically and contrastingly exploring social reality from feminist, queer and female perspectives. The festival groups the results into a tangible whole, thus creating a place where alternative experiences and ways of speaking become possible. I find this equally as important and special as the multifaceted insights into current and historical feminist movements and discourses internationally.«
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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