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queer.red presents! Whorehouse Cinema 31 March – 2 April 2023 / Amsterdam Send us your work! info@queer.red

screening & talk 2 october 2022: whats (y)our story?

With the support of Arts Council Korea and Dutch Culture Center for International Cooperation, ‘What’s (y)our story?’ will be held in collaboration with Filmhuis Cavia and cultural space Mudaeruk in Seoul. In line with “Inclusivity”, the theme of the two countries’ cultural and artistic exchange project, Cavia will screen films dealing with intersectional queer and migratory narratives, alongside performances of local bands as well as talks with the audience. 

For the collaboration with MU X CAVIA Film festival, two films have been selected that focus on the intersections between sex work, trans, Latinx and migrant communities. These will be presented by queer.red presents! on Saturday 1 October 17:00 (Korea time).

After the screening there will be a discussion with local sexworker activist Yeoreum. It will be a hightlight as it is not very common to talk openly about sex work industry in Korea. 

_Yeoreum /Sexworker activist

The Scarlet Light Solidarity Cha Cha is an activist group that fights discrimination and stigma pointed at sex workers. They work in the sex industry and engage actively in social activism, fighting for sexworkers’ health, settlement, reproductive and civil rights. They provide legal support for incidents occurring inside and outside of the sex work industry.

Korean text : 

무대륙X카비아 영화제

한국 문화예술위원회와 네덜란드 국제문화협력센터(Dutch Culture Centre for International Cooperation)의 지원 아래, 암스테르담에 위치한 작은 영화관 카비아와의 협업으로 2022년 서울에 위치한 복합 문화 공간 무대륙에서 영화제를 연다. 양국의 문화예술 교류 초청 사업의 주제인 ‘포용과 다양성’에 맞게 카비아는 이민과 퀴어 교차성을 다루는 영화를 상영하고, 상영과 더불어 관객과의 대화뿐만 아니라 기존 무대륙에서 활동했던 밴드들의 공연을 함께 선보인다. 

2022.10.01. 토요일 17:00 @무대륙

퀴어.레드 여기에! 

“우리는 암스테르담에서 성노동자 커뮤니티에 대한 예술과 영화를 그들과 함께, 그들에 의해 만들고 주도합니다. 우리는 성노동에 대한 보다 미묘한 표현이 가시화되길 희망합니다. 우리는 성노동자, 페미니스트, 퀴어, 성전환자들로 구성된 그룹입니다. 

이번 영화제를 위해 두 편의 영화를 준비했습니다. 트랜스젠더 이주 성노동자들이 공동으로 써내려간 그들의 이야기는 차별과 혐오 안에서도 서로를 돌보는 공동체의 힘을 보여줍니다”

screening & talk 4 september 2022:
sex worker acthivism

queer.red presents! has been invited by PIC (Prostitution Information Center) to curate a short film program dedicated to queer and trans, sex worker and HIV activism. Communities who have been disproportionately affected by HIV. We will recollect 80s activism, honor those who fought for our rights and share more recent stories of those still fighting the long battles ahead.

Our dear Dinah de Riquet Bons was supposed to join us for a talk after the film screening, but unfortunately cannot make it back in Amsterdam due to train strikes. But..we have a wonderful replacement: Sabrina Sanchez, Dinah’s colleague from Trans United Europe, Director of ESWA, active sex worker across various European cities and much more! We are sad to miss out on Dinah, but delighted to welcome Sabrina instead!

House of Hiv: de verhalen achter 40 jaar community initiatieven, takes place between 19 August and 9 September, and shines a light on the many initiatives within the Dutch HIV communities in the last 40 years. Come see the stories in different venues in Amsterdam. This exposition is an initiative of Hello Gorgeous, Mainline NL, Trans United, Black Queer Archives, Prostitution Information Center, IHLIA LGBTI Heritage and Hiv Vereniging.

Please visit the House of Hiv exhibition: https://fb.me/e/1KNgDW2Wt

The short films which we will screen:

1. Our Bodies, Our Business (Edited & directed by Geraldine George, 1989, Canada, 24:22min)
As part of ACT UP NYC’s Diva TV Project, in June 1989 filmmaker Catherine Gund videoed events and activism taking place during the Fifth International Conference on AIDS in Montreal. Included in this footage was Gund’s interviews with sex workers’ rights activists Cheryl Overs, Carol Leigh (AKA the Scarlot Harlot), Valerie Scott, Tracey TIEF, and the late Danny Cockerline and Andrew Hunter. In 2016, with Gund’s and the featured activists’ permission and essential support from Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association of B.C., filmmaker Geraldine George compiled the footage featuring sex workers rights activism into Our Bodies Our Business, Part One (OBOB1), a 24-min documentary. OBOB1 illustrates how in the early years of the AIDS crisis, while facing a mounting death toll, the withholding of life saving drugs and systematic scapegoating of prostitutes, these pioneering activists pushed back with incredible intellect, performance and actions.

2. Happy Birthday Marsha (Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel, 2017, USA, 14 min)
Happy Birthday, Marsha! commemorates Black trans activist, sex worker, HIV activist and drag performer Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her role in instigating the 1969 anti-policing riots at the Stonewall Inn, a watershed event for the gay liberation movement. The film interweaves imagined scenes with found archival footage to counter the endemic erasure of trans women of color from narratives of political resistance. Starring Independent Spirit Award winner Mya Taylor (Tangerine) as Johnson with cinematography by Sundance winner Arthur Jafa and an original score by Geo Wyeth.

Wath the trailer HERE.

3. Lucharé como una perra (I will fight like a bitch) (Guillermo F, Flórez, 2012, USA, 5.52 min)
Lorena Borjas (May 29, 1960 – March 30, 2020) was a Mexican-American transgender and immigrant rights activist, and known as the mother of the transgender Latinx community in Queens, NY. Her work on behalf of immigrant and transgender communities garnered recognition throughout New York City and the United States. These films highlight her life’s work, her fearlessness and the community she leaves behind. We love you Lorena! Rest in power.

4. Empower: Sex Worker Perspectives: Giovanna Murillo Rincon (Marianne Chargois, 2018, France, 22:59 min)
EMPOWER Sex Workers Perspectives – Giovanna Murillo Rincon is the first episode in a serie of political portraits of sex workers with heterogeneous trajectories. Combining personal backgrounds, political analyses, and collective resistance strategies, this focus on Giovanna deals with migration issues, and with the involvement in the fight against HIV, and against discriminations made on trans sex workers. Far from the objectification devices often used in documentary works, EMPOWER is a tribute to the voices, struggles and commitments of sex workers through active collaboration with the protagonists.

Details:
Location: OBA Amterdam, Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam, 6th floor)

Tickets: Free, but reservations are required via aanmelden@ihlia.nl

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/761184048266820

All films are English spoken or subtitled.

screening & panel talk 11 june 2022:
power exchange – collaborative film making

If you are part of our community, or up for making acquaintance with sex workers and all the cultural goodies that are produced by our communities: come to our screening on 11 June at 20:00 at Filmhuis Cavia!

During this event we present films that focus on the intersections of sex work, trans, Latinx and migrant communities. We will screen the film Caer/Caught (61 min) by Nicola Mai and Colectivo Intercultural  Transgrediendo and What if Tomorrow I’m Next (4 min) by Cosmopolitrans (with Papaya Kuir). A panel discussion with the film makers will follow in order to further explore the experimental nature of Caer and the collaborative process of community-led storytelling in both films. The discussion is facilitated by queer.red Board Member Domi Olivieri, anthropologist, activist, researcher and teacher in the field of gender studies, media and society and will be pre-recorded to accommodate time zones, languages, and technical limitations.

Still from Caer

CAER/Caught (Nicola Mai, 2021, UK, 61 min, English/Spanish) is an experimental and collaborative documentary combining fiction (ethnofiction) and observational nonfiction methods to include people whose lives are portrayed and who are directly concerned in all phases of its production. The documentary is the result of the collaboration between Nicola Mai and the Transgrediendo Intercultural Collective, a grassroots nonprofit organization defending the rights of transgender Latina migrant women in Queens, New York City. CAER is also a tribute to the work and legacy of Lorena Borjas, the mother of these Latin transgender women living in Queens, who was one of the first victims of COVID-19 in New York in March 2020. The story and the roles in the film were written and played by members of the Transgrediendo Intercultural Collective who were also involved in the editing of the film.T hey were written collaboratively through several writing workshops allowing the people directly concerned to express their real individual and collective experiences of migration, sex work, and exploitation.

Still from What if tomorrow I’m next?

What if Tomorrow I’m Next (Cosmopolitrans, 2021, GER/NL, 4 min, English/Spanish) is a film made by Cosmopolitrans as a part of a campaign to end violence against sex workers. It was recorded at the T-House in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in May 2021. Cosmopolitrans is a collective based in Hannover, Germany led by trans* sex workers.

Event details:
Address: Filmhuis Cavia, Van Hallstraat 52-I, 1051 HH Amsterdam
Tickets: € 5 / Cineville €0
Start screening: 20:00
Drinks at the bar: 22:00

No reservations needed, but if you want to be sure of a ticket please email us and be on time! ticket@queer.red

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18 december 2021:
queering sex work launch event

In this first edition we are showcasing stories and narratives on the intersection of queer identities and issues related to sex work. We will screen a very special collection of shorts, curated from our hearts, exploring the important things in life, such as romance, remembrance, rebellion and farewell.  

After the screening we will also have a live reading performance by Alejandra Ortiz, a local community member, about her experience as a migrant in the Netherlands.

1. PonyBoi | River Gallo and Sadé Clacken-Joseph | 2019 | 19 min | USA | English Ponyboi is an intersex runaway. He works at a laundromat and hustles as sex-worker. But after a mysterious encounter with a man from his dreams, he learns that perhaps he is worthy of leaving his seedy life in New Jersey behind. A queer film about discovering self-redemption and love.

2. Behind the Window | Emy Fem, Cat D, Vera Rodriguez and Nayra Green |  2017 | 5 min | the Netherlands | English 

Before starting her shift at one of the windows of the Red Light District in Amsterdam, Nayra Green turns her gaze and shares her personal thoughts through stills and movement.

3. TOLOPOSUNGO in Medellín AEFest | Directed by Elvira Hernández, Produced by: CinePiso7 | 2021 | 3 min | Colombia | Spanish 

Latin America is the region in the world where most transgender people are murdered (82% worldwide). The state denies civil rights and oppresses trans people through police brutality. A Queer Squad in Colombia fights against an oppressing society with voguing, their bodies, sexuality and lure. Toloposungo is the Colombian “ACAB”, it means ‘all cops are gonorrhea’, in opposition to bastards which in Spanish refers to being born from a sex worker. Dressed in fluorescent green, as the uniforms of the Colombian cops at the time, the Queer Squad takes on the streets changing and confronting the status quo. In this film Medellín’s Queer Squad acts during the Erotic Arts Festival of that city AEFest. 

4. Rosie | Paula Cajiao | 2021 | 9 min | USA  | English 

After a long day at work a man walks into an after hours bar for his last drink before heading home, there he meets someone that is not who he expects to be.

5. Wie man Rad in Latex fährt mit Emy Fem (How to Ride a Bike in Latex) | Objects of Desire [collective] | 2018 | 2 min | Germany | English

In this short educational video Emy Fem teaches about the skills which are needed if you want to bike to your client.

6. Mes Chéris | Directed by Ethan Folk, Ty Wardwell (Cutenon Film), Written by Jamal Phoenix | 2020 | 12 min | Germany | English 

Part documentary, part pornography, Mes Chéris is a transboi’s farewell to his boobs. One month before his mastectomy, Jamal Phoenix takes on the role of Chéri, a character modeled after his experiences as a Fierce Fem sex worker. This raunchy tribute subverts straight porn tropes and mainstream trans* representation in a radical act of self-love.

1 august 2021:
the journey of monalisa

On 1 August 2021 queer.red introduces ‘The Journey of Monalisa‘ in VondelCS in Amsterdam, our first live screening… in collaboration with our friends at TransScreen and the screening was part of the Queer Currents programming.

In this program, you will be treated to both a beautiful documentary and the short film ‘Rosie’. This short sets the scene in its black and white image. In the main feature, we follow the intriguing Iván Monalisa and their life in New York.

Rosie
Paula Cajiao | USA | 2021 | 9 min | English spoken | No subtitles | Short film, Drama

After a long day at work, a man walks into an after-hours bar for his last drink before heading home, when he meets someone that is not who he expects to be. This compelling short film centers an African-American transgender woman, who is sitting at a bar reflecting on her life’s story and remembering the lives of friends lost too soon along the way. The film is a moving tribute characterized by a combination of warmth, love, defiance, grief, and anger, that demands both compassion and accountability.

The Journey of Monalisa
Nicole Costa | Chile | 2019 | 98 min | Spanish and English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

After 17 years, Nicole Costa gets in touch with Iván Ojeda, her old Chilean friend from college. Back then he was a talented theater director and playwright, and now he has radically re-invented himself. She now goes by Monalisa and works as a sex worker on the streets of New York. Intrigued by this transformation, Costa decides to follow Iván Monalisa, a “gender-neutral two-spirit,” in their tough and vulnerable life filled with fleeting sexual encounters and addiction to hard drugs. Nonetheless, Monalisa remains a true artist and continues to write beautiful, raw pieces about life and survival in New York.

www.transcreen.eu
https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-queer-currents-2021-transcreen-163792821739?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Teaser The Journey of Monalisa from MIMBRE Films on Vimeo.

13-27 May 2021:
the journey of monalisa (online)

queer.red presents The Journey of Monalisa at the online edition of TranScreen Filmfestival. In this program you will see, in addition to a wonderful documentary, the short film “Rosie”. This film is in atmospheric black and white. In the main film we follow the fascinating Iván Monalisa and life in New York.

https://www.transcreen.eu/2021/04/29/the-journey-of-monalisa-voorfilm/

Rosie
Paula Cajiao | USA | 2021 | 9 min | English spoken | No subtitles | Short film, Drama


After a long day at work, a man walks into an after-hours bar for his last drink before heading home, when he meets someone that is not who he expects to be. This compelling short film centers an African-American transgender woman, who is sitting at a bar reflecting on her life’s story and remembering the lives of friends lost too soon along the way. The film is a moving tribute characterized by a combination of warmth, love, defiance, grief, and anger, that demands both compassion and accountability.

Still from Rosie

The Journey of Monalisa
Nicole Costa | Chile | 2019 | 98 min | Spanish and English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

After 17 years, Nicole Costa gets in touch with Iván Ojeda, her old Chilean friend from college. Back then he was a talented theater director and playwright, and now he has radically re-invented himself. She now goes by Monalisa and works as a sex worker on the streets of New York. Intrigued by this transformation, Costa decides to follow Iván Monalisa, a “gender-neutral two-spirit,” in their tough and vulnerable life filled with fleeting sexual encounters and addiction to hard drugs. Nonetheless, Monalisa remains a true artist and continues to write beautiful, raw pieces about life and survival in New York.

Still from Journey of Monalisa