Abu is an intimate autobiographic film by Arshad Khan, a Canadian director of Pakistani origin who will also be one of the festival's guests. Khan's personal documentary describes coming to terms with his own sexuality and deals with the complicated relationship with his father.
An extraordinary life story is also the centre of Stumped. Its main character, university professor Will, loses all his limbs as a result of an infection. Yet he doesn't give up. And apart from humour and his partner's love, he keeps his hope also thanks to the possibility of an experimental treatment...
The other attractions of the program include also The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. This documentary investigates the unsolved murder of the trans activist and one of the main personalities of the Stonewall Riots. The film about the search for justice premiered at Sundance.
A much more intimate approach to trans issues can be seen in Coby, focusing on a young man undergoing transition. He decided to capture it also on YouTube. But as he finds out, not only his body changes, but also the family relationships and perception of the world as such.
Probably all of us believe that there is only one love. But have you tried to convince the authorities about that? This is exactly what a Mexican gay couple in No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta No Rigurosa) attempted. Their fight against the civil servants' reluctance is captured by director Cristina Herrera Borquez. The film was adopted by Jsme fér - the Czech initiative for the marriage equality.
The program features also The Queen of Ireland, the documentary which won the Audience Award at last year's Mezipatra. Its main star is the charming drag queen Panti Bliss, whose performances dismantle existing prejudices and taboos. Panti Bliss significantly contributed to marriage equalization in Ireland and Time magazine named her a more influential personality than Donald Trump.
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