This year’s Mezipatra starts in Prague on 5th November, and it moves to Brno on 14th November and finishes there on 21st November with a closing ceremony. Are you curious about what we prepared for you? Continue reading!
We believe in recovery
The theme of this year’s edition is Recovery. “Minority shiver, everyday battles with subconscious attacks, and efforts to look ‘normal’ to others so that we avoid ridicule and assaults from an early age often take their toll on both mental and physical health of queer people,” says festival director Pavel Bicek. “The increasing aggression against the LGBTQ+ community in Central and Eastern Europe and the worldwide pandemic crisis were an impulse for us to turn to our community. Because each injury takes time for a recovery, and marginalization of these problems only leads to further diseases,” he concludes.
Gay odyssey, coming-of-age drama and trans document
The main film attractions definitely include Brazilian Dry Wind (Vento Seco) about Sandro who enjoys getting carried away into a world of wild erotic fantasies. Debuting Daniel Nolasco introduces a unique gay Odyssey where all looks are subjected to lust and desire. South America is also the home of seventeen-year-old Iris from film One in a Thousand (Las Mil y Una). She falls for the wild and crude Renata, and together, they proudly face the reality of a poor suburb in Argentina. Documentary Little Girl focuses on seven-year-old Sasha, who has always felt like a girl. Her loved ones respect her identity, but outside her home, she keeps struggling with various obstacles. The film was presented at this year’s Berlinale and was selected among the best documentaries at the 2020 European Film Award.
The accompanying program offers for example the Transparent Czech workshop about correct writing on gender identity and other related topics, and I’m Not a Homophobe, But… panel discussion about minority stress and its impact on the mental and physical health of LGBTQ+ people. The complete program of Mezipatra will be published after the online trailer premiere (October 15). Until then you can still purchase the festival passes!