Yes, the 45th Seattle International Film Festival is currently going on with tons of LGBTQ films being screened but there are OTHER queer film options in the Seattle area as well going on including the upcoming Travessias Brazilian Film Festival which is a two-day festival of transgressive filmmaking from Brazilian women filmmakers that will screen at Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill this Friday and Saturday, May 24th and 25th.
This mini festival will showcase one shorts program and 3 feature films that places issues of “race, gender and sexuality in Brazil” through an unflinching lens…which means that these films can be “raw and challenging” so they’re recommended for ages 18 and up.
Obviously these films would have been made prior to the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil in elections last October. The far right politician has been called “The Trump of the Tropics” and has made headlines for his homophobic views. But, Brazil has long been a country that, much like the United States, has struggled with dueling personas as both a liberal bastion but also plagued by right wing, oppressive extremism.
Travessias Brazilian Film Festival is being co-presented with UW’s Center for Brazilian Studies and curated by visiting scholar of Brazilian cinema Emanuella Leite Rodrigues de Moraes and under the supervision of the Professor and Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies Jonathan Warren. Seattle’s LGBTQ Latinx group, Somos Seattle, and BrasilFest are also co-presenters for this unique festival.
The schedule for the festival:
Friday, May 24, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Opening Night Reception – with croquettes and cheese bread from Kitanda
7:00 PM – 7:44 PMA polyamorous family in Bahia, Brazil prepares for the arrival of their baby, while the surrounding community grapples with the damaging aftermath of the construction of a nearby dam.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
4:00 PM – 4:44 PM
5:00 PM – 6:15 PMTravessias Brazilian Film Festival – Tr*nny F*g (Bixa Travesty)
Claudia Priscilla & Kiko GoyfmanSão Paulo, Brazil20181h 15m
Linn da Quebrada, a black transsexual singer, uses her body and unusual stage presence to deconstruct gender, race, and class stereotypes in this intimate documentary that captures her public and private persona.
7:30 PM – 8:52 PM
Travessias Brazilian Film Festival – Don’t Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma)
Anna MuylaertSão Paulo, Brazil20181h 22m
Pierre is a free-flowing teen whose life is disrupted when his biological ties to his family come into question. As he settles into a new rhythm with relatives who call him Felipe, he is soon forced to defend and embrace his true identity.
Read the festival program at bit.ly/travessias2019!
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