“Bixa Travesty” is a very personal documentary about black transsexual Brazilian singer Linn da Quebrada from a Sao Paolo favela. Facing many prejudices, Linn fights back against machismo with funk music that sounds like a gun. Through uncompromising lyrics and an incredibly strong and daring presence on stage, she provides a voice to poor, dark-skinned, trans women, confronting Brazil’s conservative heteronormative society and norms.
Dir. Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla
Documentary, Brazil, 2018, Portuguese, English subtitles, 75 min.
In just a few years, technology will merge with our bodies in unimaginable ways and push the boundaries of what it is to be human. The first cyborgs are already crossing the boundaries of their human limits – just for the sake of it. We meet some of these pioneers and look at the ethical and legal dilemmas of a cyborg society.
Dir. Rafel Duran Torrent
Documentary, Spain, 2017, English, German, Spanish, English subtitles, 105 min.
“When everything is being spoiled…we’ll be spoiled too!” So proclaim two pixieish hell-raisers named Marie I and Marie II, whose radical nihilism leads them on a giddy, giggly, anything-goes pursuit of hedonistic pleasure, gustatory excess, and patriarchy-smashing destruction. Writ in a Dadaist flurry of psychedelic colors, mismatched film stocks, cutout collages, and cartoon sound effects, Vera Chytilova’s exuberantly experimental call to rebellion plays like a Laurel and Hardy romp filtered through the feminist and formalist sensibility of the ’60s avant-garde.
Dir. Vera Chytilová
Comedy, Czechoslovakia, 1966, Czech, English subtitles, 74 min.
Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model’s casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. Darkly funny and thoroughly weird.
Dir. Slava Tsukerman
Sci-Fi, Thriller, USA, 1982, English, 112 min.
The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. The villagers’ main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter. And, to that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, and from spirits, the devil, and Christ. Young farm girl named Liina is hopelessly and forlornly in love with a village boy Hans. Her longing makes the girl become a werewolf and jump into an ice-cold pond. She’s ready to die in the name of love. Estonian pagan and European Christian mythologies come together. Both mythologies look for a miracle; for an ancient force that gives one a soul. This film is about souls – longing for a soul, selling your soul and living without a soul.
Dir. Rainer Sarnet
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Estonia, 2017, Estonian, German, Italian, English subtitles, 115 min.
Orange Sunshine is the never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love – a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in California, which became the largest suppliers of LSD during the 60’s and 70’s. This feature-length doc follows their rise to star-status in Psychedelic movement and the “bad trip” that followed.
Dir. William A. Kirkley
Documentary, USA, 2016, English, 105 min.
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Started in the 1980s as a fabricated movement intended to punk the punk scene, Queercore quickly became a real-life cultural community of LGBTQ music and movie-making revolutionaries. From the start of the pseudo-movement to the widespread rise of pop artists who used queer identity to push back against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture, ‘Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution’ is just that: a how-to-do-it guide for the next generation of queer radicals. The extensive participant list includes Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters and many others.
Dir. Yony Leyser
Documentary, Germany, 2017, English, 83 min.
Son of the White Mare
A dethroned goddess-turned-horse gives birth to three superpowered sons who set out to save three princesses from three ancient dragons and reclaim their parents’ lost kingdom from the underworld. Hyper-psychedelic animated film by Marcell Jankovics whos transitions through a never-ending sensory overload of stunning images with perfect fluidity and attention to detail without ever abandoning his mythologically-based narrative for too long.
Dir. Marcell Jankovics
Animation, Fantasy, Hungary, 1981, Hungarian, English subtitles, 81 min.
Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment
Canada/United Kingdom/United States
Google “The Process Church of the Final Judgment” and you’ll discover a long list of conspiracy theories – accused of being the inspiration for Charles Manson, influencing the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, and being the root of the infamous Son of Sam serial killings – Only now, former members reveal the truth about the misunderstood group once dubbed ‘One of the most dangerous Satanic cults in America’.
Dir. Neil Edwards
Documentary, UK, Canada, USA, 2015, English, 101 min.
A resident of 23rd-century Earth becomes involved in a revolution after discovering the hidden truth about society’s rulers. Zed, the central rebel, who begins the film as a member of the Exterminators, a band of skilled assassins who exact a reign of terror over the lesser Brutals. The Exterminators answer only to their god, a gigantic stone image known as Zardoz. Haunted by doubt about Zardoz’s true divinity, Zed chooses to investigate. His disbelief is confirmed when the god proves to be a fraudulent tool of the Eternals, a secret society of brilliant immortals who pretend to divinity in order to exploit the masses. Knowing the truth, Zed sets out to reveal the hoax and destroy the Eternals’ unjust rule. “Zardoz” is known as trippy and campy 70’s cult classic.
Dir. John Boorman
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Ireland, USA, 1974, English, 105 min