DOC EDGE PRIDE
Doc Edge is delighted to announce this year’s Doc Edge Pride Festival, a selection of LGBTQ+ film screenings at the Auckland Art Gallery from 15-17 February 2019.
From the hedonistic trip of Studio 54 to the equal rights movement for trans equality in the military, this selection of films provides insights into queer culture that are an essential addition to the celebration of the 2019 Auckland Pride Festival.
Continuing our commitment to the transformative power of documentaries, we have curated a programme of ten exceptional films that will have audiences laughing, crying and finding meaning in the trials and tribulations of queer life in both a historic and contemporary context.
In the middle of Australia’s divisive marriage equality vote, Melbourne hosted a gala event to honour and celebrate its LGBTQ+ elders. These are their stories. The Coming Back Out Ball Movie follows a group of older LGBTQ+ people, invited to attend a Ball celebrating their gender and sexual identity. Faced with the complexities of ageing and isolation, these extraordinary people seize each day with determination and humour. In a time that is rapidly changing for the LGBTQ+ community around the world, we witness some of our cast experiencing acceptance and love for the very first time in their lives.
– Melbourne International Film Festival 2018
Saturday, 16 Feb | 3.15pm
An Iraqi translator for the U.S. military is wrongfully accused of being a double agent, and over the course of his interrogation by the military, his culturally forbidden sexuality comes to light. This candid film follows Ghazwan Alsharif as he forges a new identity outside his family and homeland, as an openly gay man in San Francisco.
Saturday, 16 Feb | 11.00am
Sunday, 17 Feb | 2.30pm
Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTQ+ movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream to participate in Mr. Gay World, an international beauty contest, as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?
– With the kind support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Saturday, 16 Feb | 5.30pm
The small town of Eureka Springs in Arkansas has some colourful attractions. For three nights a week during the summer The Great Passion Play is staged, an elaborate production that portrays the death of Christ. Meanwhile, in Eureka Live, a bar across town owned by gay couple Gregory Lee Keating and Walter Burrell, drag queens slap on their make-up and belt out gospel hits at karaoke. These would appear to be contrasting worlds, though in directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s supremely entertaining, wryly humorous documentary the similarities are marked, making this smart investigation of co-existing Southern cultures a camp, colourful delight.
Saturday, 16 Feb | 7.45pm
Jonathan Agassi, one of the world’s most successful gay porn stars, built his fame and success on what is considered a global taboo, but in fact pleases millions. Director Tomer Heymann followed Agassi for eight years, allowing us to have an intimate look at the world of porn and escorting. It also takes us into an unconventional relationship between a mother and son who courageously redefine familiar family concepts. The road, while seemingly lined with gold and adulation, blurs the line between freedom and oppression, showing that Agassi’s power has become his greatest weakness.
– Best Israeli Documentary Film, Jerusalem Film Festival 2018
This is the Closing Film. Ticket price includes drinks & canapés.
Classified: R18. Explicit sex scenes & drug use
Sunday, 17 Feb | 6.30pm
World renowned photographer Leslie Kee is best known for his fashion photography and portraits of celebrities like Madonna. He has based himself in Japan for the last 25 years. With the rising movement for LGBTQ+ rights, Leslie embarks on an ambitious project to photograph ten thousand LGBTQ+ subjects for an exhibition Out in Japan.
Filmmaker Ayumi Nakagawa follows him during this process for a year as he takes the first thousand portraits. She highlights the life of four subjects: a same sex couple trying to become parents, an advocate for HIV+ people and a transgender man who is recovering from his partner’s suicide. Along the way Leslie finds himself also transformed by the life changing experience.
Sunday, 17 Feb | 11.00am
There aren’t many nightclubs that change the world forever; that achieve the perfect alchemy of music, lights and ambience; that create the sensation of total freedom; of being part of something special; historic even. Studio 54 was the epicentre of 70s hedonism – not only redefining the nightclub but also symbolising an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two Jewish friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, Studio 54 tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time, the result being a film that feels like a glitzy, enchanting and hedonistic night out in, and of, itself.
*This is the Opening Film. Ticket price includes drinks & canapés.
Friday, 15 Feb | 7.00pm
Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own, in this captivating, emotionally charged film. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The rollercoaster reality of this situation continues today. While the transgender ban was lifted in 2016, its status remains uncertain under the current regime.
– Audience Award for Documentary, South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival 2018
– Opening Night Film, Frameline Film Festival 2018
Saturday, 16 Feb | 1.00 pm
Sunday, 17 Feb | 4.15pm
IN THIS FAMILY
USA/Philippines | 2018 |12mins | English | Dir. Drama del Rosario
In This Family looks at how one traditional Filipino family reacts to learning they have a gay son… and daughter. Del Rosario shares all through video-conference calls between Los Angeles and Manila with both heart-breaking and hysterically funny results.
ALL IN THE FAMILY [working title]
USA | 2019 |40mins | English | Dir. Hao Wu
All in The Family [working title] is a preview work-in-progress of the brand new, intimate, revelatory film from award-winning filmmaker Hao Wu (People’s Republic of Desire; 2018 Doc Edge Best International Director). It’s the heartfelt, cross-cultural story of Chinese-born filmmaker Hao who turns the camera onto himself as he struggles to understand the meaning of family, boldly builds one of his own in the U.S., and then faces the riveting dilemma of how to introduce his partner and children to his traditional extended family in China.
Sunday, 17 Feb | 1.00pm