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Mother Saigon and Acsexybility
Acsexybility (Country: Brazil; Year: 2023; Director: Daniel Gonçalves; Writer: Daniel Gonçalves; Stars: Giovanni Venturini, Lelê Martins, Estela Lapponi, Luca Munhoz, Cida Leite, Amanda Soares, Dudé, Clara Sasse)
A documentary which aims to break open the conversation around sexual life in the disabled community.
Beyond The Aggressives: 25 Years Later (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Daniel Peddle; Stars: Kisha Batista, Octavio Sanders, Trevon Haynes, Chin Tsui)
A follow-up to the filmmaker's 2005 documentary, following the continued journeys of four masculine BIPOC individuals.
Blue ID (Country: Turkey; Year: 2022; Director: Burcu Melekoglu, Vuslat Karan; Stars: Rüzgar Erkoçlar)
A previously well known actor transitions and tries to live a quiet life, working in a bakery, but is outed and forced to become a reluctant spokesperson for Turkey's trans community.
Coming Around (Year: 2023; Director: Sandra Itäinen; Writer: Chelsi Bullard, Sandra Itäinen; Stars: Eman Abdelhadi, Fatten Elkomy)
When a queer PhD student’s relationship with a cis man becomes more serious and she feels internal and external pressure to have an Islamic wedding before they move in together, she worries that her mother will never understand who she really is.
Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson)
Intimate vérité, archival footage, and visually innovative treatments of poetry take us on a journey through the dreamscape of poet Nikki Giovanni as she reflects on her life and legacy.
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Hummingbirds and Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
Hidden Master: The Legacy Of George Platt Lynes (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Sam Shahid; Writer: Sam Shahid, Matthew Kraus, John MacConnell; Stars: George Platt Lynes)
George Platt Lynes began his career photographing celebrities, and it's those portraits along with his extravagant fashion work that he's best remembered for today. However, George's heart, his passion, and his greatest talent lay elsewhere: in his work with the male nude. This work, sensuous and radically explicit for its time, has only recently begun being fully discovered and appreciated for the revolution that it represents — a man capturing his fantasies as a gift, a window to a future his camera saw coming before anyone else.
Hummingbirds (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Silvia Del Carmen Castaños, Estefanía Contreras, Miguel Drake-McLaughlin; Stars: Silvia Del Carmen Castaños, Estefanía Contreras)
Two filmmakers find healing in their everyday joyful antics on the streets of Laredo, Texas.
It's Only Life After All (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Alexandria Bombach; Stars: Amy Ray, Emily Saliers)
With forty years of making music as the iconic folk rock band Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have made their mark as musicians, songwriters, and dedicated activists. This film catches up with them today.
Mother Saigon (Country: Canada; Year: 2023; Director: Khoa Lê; Writer: Jonathan Bernier, Khoa Lê)
A love letter to the mosaic of queer lives in Saigon, a city that is as liberating as it is oppressive.
Orlando, My Political Biography (Orlando, ma biographie politique) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Paul B Preciado)
Docufiction interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.
Queendom (Country: France, US; Year: 2023; Director: Agniia Galdanova)
Gena, a queer artist from a small town in Russia, dresses in otherworldly costumes made from junk and tape, and protests the government on the streets of Moscow. Born and raised on the harsh streets of Magadan, a frigid outpost of the Soviet gulag, Gena is only 21. She stages radical performances in public that become a new form of art and activism.
Queen Of New York (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Emma Fidel; Stars: Marti Cummings, Billy Porter, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilana Glazer)
A documentary following non-binary drag artist Marti Cummings in their groundbreaking run for New York City Council.
Truth Be Told (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Nneka Onuorah; Stars: Billy Porter, Meagan Good, Cedric The Entertainer, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Kev on Stage)
A documentary about the reckoning between the LGBTQ+ community and the Black church in the US.

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