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Eleanor Capaldi: Seeing Ourselves on Screen

Eleanor Capaldi: Seeing Ourselves on Screen

The first time I ever had a real understanding of my identity was through reflections in culture. With no relatable figures nearby, and being labelled gay or lesbian considered an insult of the highest order in school, it was film, television and books that filled…

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Rob Eagle: Unsettling White Colonial History

Rob Eagle: Unsettling White Colonial History

When I first saw the trailer for the film Victoria and Abdul, I felt a bit sick. It looked like yet another nostalgic, royalist whitewashing of Britain’s oppressive colonial history. Such films seek to romanticise the racist, global, imperial project and legitimise modern Britain’s ongoing…

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Diego Carvalho Sá: Relatability & Nudity on Camera

Diego Carvalho Sá: Relatability & Nudity on Camera

What is your experience of making films and getting them shown at festivals? For me, making a film is an amazing experience. My favourite parts are definitely the conception of the film, actually filming it, and showing it at festivals. Working with a creative team…

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Daniel Kulle: Shooting Experimental Fictional Film

Daniel Kulle: Shooting Experimental Fictional Film

It doesn’t happen too often that the border between experimental and fictional film is torn down. Of course, there are a lot of people who started in experimental film making and progressed towards fictional film, or even continue to switch between the two. But there…

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Adrian Garcia Gomez: Reinterpreting the Mikveh

Adrian Garcia Gomez: Reinterpreting the Mikveh

The mikveh is a cleansing ceremony for Jewish brides, performed as a purifying ritual bath before marriage. In Gomez’ film, Mikveh, this ceremony is reinterpreted by two married men. In this reinterpretation of the mikveh, the filmmaker and his husband’s immersions are disrupted by a government who refuses…

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Catherine Gund: Documentaries and the Urgency of Representation

Catherine Gund: Documentaries and the Urgency of Representation

What led you to pursue documentary filmmaking? I’ve always been engaged in communications and growing community and documentary filmmaking is a clear form of both. I thrive on the creativity of molding a story and also on the urgency of representation. In high school, I…

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Jacob Engelberg: Bisexual* Representation and Cinema’s Sexual Paradigms

Jacob Engelberg: Bisexual* Representation and Cinema’s Sexual Paradigms

“Do you prefer shagging men or women?”, Hedi asks Iva as they both lie on her floor mattress, Hedi smoking, Iva on her front clutching the sheets beneath her. “It’s all the same,” responds Iva. Then, after a pause, “when love strikes.” Mongolian-German filmmaker Uisenma…

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Mabz Beet: Changing Trans Representation on Screen

Mabz Beet: Changing Trans Representation on Screen

For decades in film and television, transgender people were often portrayed as villains with their gender identity used as a way of making them appear crazy and unstable. These days, trans people have been reduced to the butt of a joke in comedies. The reveal…

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Alberto Amoretti: Telling Stories of Identity

Alberto Amoretti: Telling Stories of Identity

How did you get into filmmaking and what drives you? I am a scriptwriter first and foremost and have recently branched out into filmmaking. What has always interested me is telling stories. Allowing people to get to know the experiences of others. It was the…

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Harry Breaux: At 72, Surviving the AIDS Epidemic

Harry Breaux: At 72, Surviving the AIDS Epidemic

When I met Erin Allday, the journalist whose idea it was to start reporting on long-term AIDS survivors, I was attending a working group requesting the city for funding to help us folks that never planned to live this long. Having been HIV+ since 1980,…

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