- Mezipatra Queer Film Festival presents five documentaries that will bring “Winds of Change”.
- The program offers a short film competition, featuring 39 films in seven thematic blocks.
- The most anticipated films include Changing the Game about trans athletes, autobiographical Madame, and an insight into the world of pornography called Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life.
Mezipatra's documentary section will bring five films from Europe, Middle East and the USA that all touch upon the burning issues of today's global world through their protagonists' personal stories.
In the spirit of the theme of this year's Mezipatra, it's the films' protagonists who set things in motion, and the documentary section is no different. While the stories of the protagonists are primarily personal, they bring testimonies about important issues of today's world – about the roles of society and about the lives of individuals within them, about the problems of migration, influence of the media, and overcoming biological limitations of our bodies. However, the topic that resonates most there is a family as the basis for our further lives.
Tomer Heymann's documentary in the form of long-term follow-ups, Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life, follows the porn industry's disastrous influence on the life of a well-known Israeli porn star. This emotionally thrilling film about a journey to the top and destructive lifestyle offers a sincere account of the importance of family relationships and the traumas we may carry the whole life.
Through the intimate autobiographical Madame, Swiss filmmaker Stéphane Riethauser dives into family history and illustrates the impact of societal labels on the lives of individuals. He employs rich family archive to uncover parallels between the life of his emancipated grandmother and his own journey.
The fight against adverse circumstances is depicted in two trans documentaries: in Changing Game, three teenage athletes defy unfair sports rules; Seahorse focuses on a young trans man, Freddy, who, longing to start his own family, decides to resist all social conventions and get pregnant himself.
Such current issues as migration and tolerance in society are addressed by directors Giselle Bailey and Nneka Onuorah in Burn the House Down, a portrait of musician Kiddy Smile. This ride filled with dance and energetic music brings a unique insight into today's queer community in Paris.
Just like every year, Mezipatra's program also features a competition of short films from all over the world, divided into seven categories. The protagonists of the gay section called Love Field Intensity enjoy the delights of new meetings to the fullest. But love is also associated with mistakes and blunders, as the protagonists of the lesbian block of And They Lived Happily... know very well. The block A Family Is a Derivative of Listening will enchant viewers with its mature view. And you'll learn that caring is also important among friends in the Partners in Crime block. The creators of the activist block Now or Never prove that film is also a tool The grim side of life and our psyche are discussed in the dark compilation of Endangered Species. In contrast, hope and wild playfulness rule the animated What I Dream About.
QFF Mezipatra 2019
Praha 7. – 14. 11.
Brno 15. – 22. 11.
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