Ten years of shaping, forming, breaking, discovering and finding XPOSED is about QUEER FILM in all it’s forms, glory, shame, distaste, trash and beauty. Sometimes it’s all in one and sometimes it’s spread out like Blanche at the Rusty Anchor.
XPOSED was started as a passion project, a passion for Queer Film, for Berlin and the ever expanding possibilities of storytelling within the world of Queer Film and the festival remains to this day a passion project. This festival is made by people who enjoy making festival, who enjoy queer films, filmmakers and queer Berlin, and this is reflected within the programming of the festival.
By not only screening some of the newest films around, XPOSED takes special care to always mix their programs with new and old films, be it in a short film program or a feature screening with a short. XPOSED enjoys creating programs and these programs can only be created by looking at the queer perspective from all corners of the world, perspectives that challenge normative views, propose an alternate way of thinking, and approach life and story telling from another way.
Created in 2006, the XPOSED International Queer Film Festival has built itself with the aim of creating entertaining, odd, left of centre Queer Film Programs that also in turn eXPOSE the Queer Filmmakers out into the international world of Queer Festivals and beyond. You can only be you when you are truly XPOSED. This festival, in the end, is about YOU.
by Olive Nwosu
In search of healing, a young woman returns home, to Nigeria, the country of her birth.
Son of Sodom
by Theo Montoya
In August 2017, I chose Camilo Najar —known as Son of Sodom in the social networks, to be the main character of my first feature film. That casting delved around his life, his sexuality, the future he saw for himself, and drugs. A week later, aged 21, he died from a heroin overdose. Who was Son of Sodom?
Ladies, Gentlemen and Everyone in Between b
y Jad Wadi
A short essay film attempting to formally combine day-to-day props and itineraries in Beirut. These elements, whether formally gendered or transformed into something that is, all become part of a personal narrative where I am made aware of my gender. This experiment challenges the notion of the binary as I navigate through the city as both male, female, and neither.
by Lillah Halla
In a Brazilian village infested with piranhas, Nanã and Mel are fast growing into adolescence as they dream of ways of protecting themselves against a seemingly inescapable violence. When a mysterious body appears tangled in a fisherman’s net, the two girls begin to learn what might be their ultimate protection.
One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean
by Wang Yuyan
One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean reflects on the experience of not being able to see the world with depth perception. Made up of micro- events from “satisfying video” that swarm on the internet, the abstract narrative unfolds through an appropriation way by referring to trance and minimal music. It’s about a desire for groundless waves, blended with today’s inexorable entropy of our information societies.
by Maissa Lihedheb
While on a date, an argument between Malik and Phillip erupts, unveiling their disparate positions within German society.
by Matheus Farias & Enock Carvalho
In Brazil, where a trans person is murdered every three days, Marilene searches for her daughter Roberta, a trans woman who went missing. While running out of time, she discovers a hope for the future.
The words I do not have yet
by Phoebe Boswell
In “the words i do not have yet”, Phoebe Boswell pays homage to women who, “have used their bodies in protest when not permitted to use their voices.” In this layered work, both the written and spoken words of poet Audre Lorde and Kenyan writers Wambui Mwangi and Ndinda Kioko are superimposed atop original animated drawings of these contested bodies. The result is a choir of voices that are at once harmonious and discordant, exposing the complex intersection between individual and collective experiences of oppression.
Oliver Sees Indigo
by Ryan Clancy
An attempt to regain attachment following a period of heroin addiction, near-death experiences, and oxytocin deficiency. The camera shifts between moments of fragile devotion as it searches for a higher power in threads of shared suffering. Oliver, is heaven only for the high?
Prayers for sweet waters
by Elijah Ndoumbe
A submergence into the vivid realities of three Transgender sex workers living in Cape Town, South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where is my body?
by Julián Pedraza
How has television influenced the formation of our individual and collective identity? Are television melodramas actually the antithesis of sentimental education? The true mediatic moral is revealed here, in a countercultural zapping that simultaneously weaves and breaks the canons and clichés that prevail in our society, where it is still difficult to find a space for diversity.
One like him
by Caitlin McLeod
A young Jordanian man (Karim) must find a way to tell his childhood friend and first love (Ramzi) the truth about what happened twenty years ago, when a single moment changed both their lives. When he can’t find the words, the conversation repeats, becoming increasingly surreal until he loses control.
Let’s Do This Again Sometime
by Petrus Van Staden
A man’s search for connection is thrown off course during an uncomfortable encounter with an old flame.
Two Sons & A River of Blood
by Amber Bemak and Angelo Madsen Minax
A queer woman is pregnant. The self-made family unit of two dykes and a trans man imagine a kind of erotic magic that will allow for procreation based solely on desire. Together they enact a public sex ritual to symbolize their hopefulness for multiplicity, acknowledging their cyborg bodies as technological interventions. When the queer woman miscarries her child, the three begin to build their own mythic understanding of where bodies live when they are not inside us. They create a story to trace movement of the non-body, from a hole, to a river, to a room. Images of an imaginary white room, an ikea-esque torture chamber of stillness, haunt them. As a parallel emerges between the pregnant body and the trans body, the techno-sex act becomes the key and a pyramid becomes the portal to access this other world of non-bodied existence.
Deserto (The desert)
by Jacopo Miliani
Deserto reflects on the possibility of speaking about multiple and queer identities through the invention of a new language. Through only the movement of two hands and a voice over, the desert is evoked as the place where the sand never takes a precise shape. The desert is also a symbolic reference to two specific films: Teorema (1968) by Pier Paolo Pasolini and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) by Stephan Elliot. The protagonists of these movies are the Guest (a mysterious stranger with an ambiguous sexuality) and Bernadette (a transgender character), respectively, and both played by the same actor Terence Stamp. These films are the starting point for the text narrated by the voiceover in Deserto, where real and fictional identities disappear, dismantling the existence of any fixed role.
Aquele Casal (A Couple)
by William de Oliveira
After being victim of a violent homophobic attack, a couple tries to overcome the trauma and move on.
Here you are SCUM, caged creature. Your gaze wavers inside the rage of our time. Your scream testifies to an individual and societal wound, a traumatic memory of our condition to overthrow. Your gesture, survival drive, questions our visceral link to violence. SCUM, in your silicon hands young germs are growing and mutating.
by Érica Sarmet
Uma paciência selvagem me trouxe até aqui (A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here)
Tired of loneliness, a middle aged motorcyclist goes to a lesbian party for the first time. There she meets four young queers who share their home and affections. An encounter of generations, a tribute to those who brought us here.
by Shon Kim
BOOKANIMA, a compound word of ‘Book’ and ‘Anima’, is Experimental Animation project to give book new cinematic life. It aims ‘Book Cinema’ in the third scope between Book and Cinema by Chronophotography Animation, paying homage for Edward Muybridge and Entienne Jules-Marey.
It creates experimental locomotion of Dance along with its stream: Ballet-Korean Dance-Modern Dance-Jazz Dance-Aerial Silk-Tap Dance-Aerobic-Disco-Break Dance-Hip hop-Social Dance.
by Zé Kielwagen, Steevens Siméon, Marcos Serafim
In Haiti, the word masisi is used as a slur on men considered feminine, gay men, trans and non-binary people. In face of prejudice and hostility, many masisi find shelter in the religious context of Vodou. In a series of performances inspired by Vodou and drag, Haitian artist and activist Sanba Yonel pays a queer tribute to the gods.
Should I ask about your moustache?
by João Carvalho
In the closed-in intimate space of a bathroom mirror, two male identifying protagonists look for the in-betweens of masculinity. They search for the common language of their dialogue through words and gestures, while one is drawing his moustache and the other shaving his.
by Paloma Orlandini Castro
Ob Scene takes academic texts on sexuality written by a psychiatrist in Cuba in the 1980s and establishes a link with today’s pornography. It is a reflection on the place of social control discreetly infiltrated in the representation of sex.
Did you know?
by Lynn Kim
An exploration in shared sites of queerness and sexuality between the spotted hyena and myself.
Mooie Alexander (Beautiful Alexander)
by Marc Wagenaar
A courtship dance between two boys, Alexander and Ivan.
The lead character Alexander is going on summer break for the first time, alone, in the family cottage on the beach. As a young adolescent of seventeen, he is just on the verge of maturing into a man. A lot of insecurity go along with this transition and therefore he has locked himself in the cottage voluntarily. Alexander is longing for love and affection however, most of the time he is overflown by raging hormones. His is very unhappy by his own physique and tries to confront himself with this. As by lightning he is struck by a scene happening outside, on the beach. Looking through the left window he can see a divingboard. Since the tide is low, the ground below the diving board is dry. On the highest board we see Ivan, a passer-by, resting on his towel. Alexander turns his cassette on and starts doing some stretching after which he falls exhausted unto the bed. Then his attention is pulled by music coming from outside, music that Ivan is playing. Ivan starts to dance sensually to the music. Alexander is locked to this image and can not pull his eyes away. He craves a touch, just to feel Ivan’s sun-kissed skin of his body, his eyes..However, he remains inside and spies on Ivan with a set of binoculars. Cautiously he imitates Ivan’s dance as a form of admiration. When all of a sudden Ivan is gone, and Alexander fears he will never come back. He is furious that he let the chance slip by because he did not approach Ivan. With excitement he waits, hoping to see Ivan again. Fortunantly, Ivan returns to the divingboard the next morning. Now Alexander has to push himself to leave the safe and comfortable cottage for the scary outside world, a world with Ivan. When he spots competition for Ivan’s attention, her forces himself to take the step. Once outside, Alexander is rewarded by a smile and a touch of Ivan. Alexander is hit by a feeling of internal victory.
by Slava Doytcheva
On Easter day, when her girlfriend picks family over her, Nevena dyes two red eggs and sets on a journey to meet her own estranged father.
by Todd Karehana
A 66-year-old mother has an unusual ritual of returning to her old family home to care for stray cats. Worrying about the implications of her obsessive routine, her son wants to understand why. Joining her night rides, it’s time to unravel the truth.
Sitt el Beit (The Lady of The House)
by Anya Kneez
““Sitt el Beit” is a film starring Lebanese Drag artist Anya Kneez who plays the role of a Lebanese mother cooking at home for her family. The film takes place in the early 90s and takes inspiration from Anya’s own home videos from her childhood. Anya was raised in California in a very tight knit Lebanese family. She remembers her parents filming every occasion and would send VHS tapes to Beirut in a way to stay in contact with their family back home. As a child of immigrants, Anya wanted to portray how families in the diaspora long to be reunited with their family back home. This film is a tribute to all Arab Mothers to “Sitt el Beit” which means lady of the house.
The film premiered at the Institute Du Monde Arabe in Paris as a part of an exhibition entitled “Arab Divas”. Anya chose to honor one of the greatest Arab divas; Fairuz. For many people in the Arab world Fairuz’s voice has always been and always will be a beacon of hope.
Anya chose to recreate a traditional Arab family gathering all inspired by her childhood memories. However she chose to film it with her own Queer family in Brooklyn. This was a strategic choice to showcase the different meanings behind the word “family”. Anya left Lebanon in 2019 and has felt homesick ever since, so finding fellow Arab queers in New York was very necessary for her. She wanted to show the importance of chosen family.
A tribute to our Arab families.
A tribute to our Queer families.
A tribute to our Arab mothers and grandmothers.
A tribute to every person who has felt the bitter taste of immigration.
A tribute to every person who has cried in their mother’s arms at the airport.
A tribute to the Arab Diva that always makes me miss home.
A tribute to Fairuz.
Filmed in May 2021 in Brooklyn, New York.
Released on June 13th 2021 as a part of Institut Du Monde Arabe’s exhibition “Arab Divas”.
by Aziz Zoromba
After being estranged from his family for his homosexuality, we observe a young Arab man over four seasons and from far away as he navigates his solitude – all the while attempting to reconnect with his mother.
by Thuy Trang Nguyen
For Mít, a gender fluid person, life between two worlds is nothing new. Against the expectations of grandmother Roan and mother Mai, Mít is seeing Lara. But before Mít has the courage to separate from the family, Roan is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For Mít, a part of the familiar world threatens to break away. If Roan forgets, then memories of the distant homeland of Vietnam also fade. Mít has to search for the connection between the two identities believed to be incompatible.
Les Derniers paradis (The Last Paradise)
by Sido Lansari
This is the almost-true story of Sami. In Casablanca, he only dreams about dancing and Egyptian divas in the hairdressing salon where he works. Until the day he meets Daniel, a lover who helps him discover Paris in the midst of a gay revolution.
By mixing archive images and analogue photographs, Sido Lansari draws an intimate portrait of a young man from childhood to exile, where he discovers himself coming from the “last homosexual paradise”.
Hansa Boy etwas das kommt nie wieder vor (Hansa Boy Something That Might Never Happen Again)
by virgil b/g taylor
‘Hansa Boy etwas das kommt nie wieder vor’ is a project unfolding Germany’s failure to recognise its central role in the history and present of European imperialism with its self-proclaimed mastery of Erinnerungskultur (Culture of Remembrance) of the crimes of the Nazi state, recognizing that there was no apocalypse in Germany after World War II, the world never ended, the bridges were rebuilt, and the Germans continued.
Azkorri árnyéka alatt (Under the shadow of Azkorri)
by Eszter Katalin
“Azkorri árnyéka alatt” is a visual essay that explores the spaces of images, starting from a photograph taken on the beach of Azkorri (in the Basque Country). The video questions how a change of perspective might alter the receptivity towards an image, and unfolds from the positioning of a gesture from the film “Még kér a nép”(“Red Psalm”, 1972). The director subsequently encounters this gesture in a photograph of Russian LGBTQIA+ activist Yelena Grigoryeva. She explores that particular symbol by drawing lines to her own queer sexuality, to the aesthetic representation of communism, as well as to questions of dispossession and appropriation.
Hundsstern steigt ab (Dog Star Descending)
by Aykan Safoğlu
Critically reflecting on his educational trajectory and his high school’s history, Safoğlu touches upon repressed family incidents and the German colonial interest in Asia Minor at the turn of the 20th century, which somehow seem to be perfectly intertwined.
Ever Wanting (for Margaret Chung)
by Tina Takemoto
Inspired by San Francisco’s first Chinese American female physician, this film envisions the euphoria and despair of Margaret Chung and her insatiable desire for women and celebrity through her forays into drugs, sapphic surgeries, and queer flights of fancy.
อนินทรีย์แดง (Red Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall)
by Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke
The queer espionage film made in the tradition of Cold-War-era Thai dubbed film. A ladyboy prostitute-cum-spy is assigned a mission to disguise as a cis-masculine gay to spy on a student activist.
Heaven Reaches Down To Earth
by Tebogo Malebogo
After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo – nothing will ever be the same between them.
by Fatimah Sattar
In between the mandalas and paisleys on the lines and pores of the bride-to-be’s palms, a Mehndi applicator finds a space for herself. Belonging to a culture where there is no room to even think about one’s identity, let alone question it, Kiran faces a wave of emotions. She knows nothing can be changed drastically in her life and small unnoticeable footprints are all that she leaves.
کوسه (Kooseh, A man who can’t grow a beard)
by Behzad Azadi
Samim, a teenage Afghan refugee works illegally in a ceremony salon in Tehran who is little by little embracing her sexuality as a girl in a guy’s figure. Djalal, the head attendant, has his eyes on Samim and finds out about his secret. He makes a move to take advantage of this.
by Inma Veiga
The first time I saw my brother I didn’t like him and told my mum to send him back; I didn’t want such an ugly baby at home. Seventeen years later, Brthr shows his transition from the end of adolescence to the beginning of adulthood. So, this is a film about the search of identity and self acceptance, narrated with honesty, familial issues and complex affections that only siblings can offer.
Die geheimnisvollen Inseln (Islands in the City)
by Marian Freistühler
Ghostly, the temporarily shut down cruise ships lie at anchor in the port of Hamburg. A young man comes into town and waits for a message from his friend who is stuck on one of them. He watches couples strolling along in the sunset, gets himself some sweets and imagines life on the other side of the river.
In a moment of collective pause, ISLANDS IN THE CITY captures a fragile romance. There is an imminent departure in the air, the destination of which no one seems to know yet.
Three best friends, sworn virgins, get into a fight with local boys. When things get rough, they are saved by girl in the becoming.
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