• Apart from the main competition, Mezipatra Queer Film Festival will introduce films which don’t shy away from provocation, historical topics, and major human stories.
  • The program features five documentaries, three retrospective films, and Queer Blender, which offers a diverse selection of genres and styles.
  • The hits in non-competition production include Genderation, a documentary by the iconic queer filmmaker Monika Treut, Czech Television’s very first web series called TBH, and a block of Austrian experimental shorts, Inside the Kaleidoscope

Apart from feature films, Mezipatra festival also offers five documentaries mapping the experience of LGBTQ+ communities from around the world. This includes Barbora Chalupova’s latest film The Law of Love, which, with seriousness as well as satire, depicts the discussions on equal marriage and the never-ending effort to pass this bill in the Czech Republic. The time-lapse documentary of Being BeBe is a portrait of fifteen years in the life of the winner of the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, BeBe Zahara Benet. The lives of the San Francisco trans scene pioneers are the focus of Genderation by the iconic filmmaker Monika Treut. In Georgian Instructions for Survival, which will be introduced at Mezipatra by the director Yana Ugrekhelidze. Alex is persecuted for his identity and therefore attempts to flee the country with his girlfriend. And the director of Brazilian Threshold follows the identity changes of her trans son with an open mind and effort to understand.

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Milestones in queer history will be introduced by the retrospective section, which consists solely of documentaries this year. Before Stonewall depicts the image and culture of last century’s queer communities which had to fight hard for their place within the majority society. How to Survive a Plague returns to the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic broke out in the Western world. The documentary follows the protest activities of groups which raised awareness about the risks of the disease and drew attention to the discrimination of sexual minorities through provocative methods. Neviditelné lásky (Les Invisibles) is an intimate portrait of relationships of the older gay and lesbian generations, as many of them can enjoy a peaceful, harmonious lives only in the old age thanks to social transformations.

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Films transcending the established dramaturgical labels will be the focus of Queer Blender. Festival visitors can look forward to Czech Television’s very first web series, TBH. It explores how high-schoolers deal with the trauma after a shooting attack, and in the omnipresent eye of social media. A block of Austrian shorts, Inside the Kaleidoscope, curated by media theorist Nicole Kandioler, promises diversity and eccentricity across documentary, experimental, musical and performative genres. The Blender also features Queer as Film Schools, student shorts from FAMU and UMPRUM. And, last but not least, the section also offers Dry Wind (Vento Seco) from Brazil, an extravagant film which will finally get the big screen it deserves.

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