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Saturday, October 4th
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Pedro Lemebel was a writer, visual artist, and pioneer of the Queer movement in Latin America. With his risky body-fire performances, challenging outfits and sharp poems, he shook up conservative Chilean society during Pinochet's dictatorship in the 1980s. Body, blood, and fire were protagonists in his work that he attempted to perpetuate in the last eight years of his life in a film he was never able to see finished.
His body “attacked, beaten, transgressed” is his weapon of political expression against machismo, homophobia, and colonialism. With a syringe crown, he walked in New York streets at the 1994’ stonewall LGBTQ festival denouncing the colonization through the AIDS epidemic. In an intimate and poetic journey through his risky performances dealing with homosexuality and human rights, Joanna Reposi Garibaldi’s "Lemebel" portrays a culmination of yearning immortality. The Chilean director fulfilled her promise to filmed him in the different transgressive moments of his life: dressing as Frida Kahlo, as Lady Godiva, and as one of "The Mares of the Apocalypse."
This programme includes “Farah”, a Cuban short that portraits a proud travesti who walked with glamorous dresses by old Havana streets in the 80’s. “Talking about me is easy, being me is hard,” she affirms. These inspiring documentaries honour the LGBTQ community that has fought for gender diversity rights. Lemebel and Farah stories are a call to tolerance and inclusion.
Pedro Lemebel fue escritor, artista visual y pionero del movimiento Queer en América Latina. Con sus arriesgadas actuaciones de fuego corporal, atuendos desafiantes y poemas agudos, sacudió a la conservadora sociedad chilena durante la dictadura de Pinochet en la década de 1980.
El cuerpo, la sangre y el fuego fueron protagonistas en su trabajo que intentó perpetuar en los últimos ocho años de su vida en una película que nunca pudo ver terminada. Su cuerpo "atacado, golpeado, transgredido" es su arma de expresión política contra el machismo, la homofobia y el colonialismo. Con una corona de jeringa, caminó por las calles de Nueva York en el festival LGBTQ de Stonewall de 1994 denunciando la colonización a través de la epidemia del SIDA.
En un viaje íntimo y poético a través de sus arriesgados performances relacionados con la homosexualidad y los derechos humanos, "Lemebel", de Joanna Reposi Garibaldi, retrata una culminación de la inmortalidad anhelante.
La directora chilena cumplió su promesa de filmarlo en los diferentes momentos transgresores de su vida: vestirse como Frida Kahlo, como Lady Godiva y como una de "Las yeguas del Apocalipsis".Este programa se completa con la proyección de "Farah", un cortometraje cubano que muestra la vida de un orgulloso travesti que caminaba con vestidos glamorosos por las calles de La Habana Vieja en los años 80. "Hablar de mí es fácil, ser como yo es lo difícil", dice.
2019 - Cuba - 10’ - Experimental
Farah is considered to be the mother of the transgender community in Havana, Cuba. Many claim she is the first openly transgender woman in the country. Having lived a tremendous life full of adventure and heartbreak, and after having lost all of her teeth after being thrown off a 4th story building. She carries on in her 50s as the most popular and well loved woman in the neighbourhood. Previously named Lulu, then revived at the morgue and reborn as Farah, her existence alone is a miracle.
Joanna Reposi Garibaldi
2019 - Chile, Colombia - 96´ - Experimental Documentary
Berlin International Film Festival
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Visions Du Reel
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Greece (2019)
Premio Maguey, Guadalajara International Film Festival. Mexico (2019)
International Film Festival of Uruguay. (2019)
Lovers Torino LGBTQI Film Festival. Italy (2019)
Sheffield Doc/Fest. UK (2019)
Writer, Visual Artist and pioneer of the Queer movement in Latin America, Pedro Lemebel shook up conservative Chilean society during Pinochet´s dictatorship in the 1980s. Body, blood and fire were protagonists in his work that he attempted to perpetuate in the last eight years of his life in a film he was never able to see finished. In an intimate and poetic journey through his risky performances dealing with homosexuality and human rights, lemebel portrays a culmination of yearning immortality.