USA/France • 2023 • 98 mins
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. By doing that, she wants to change people’s perception of beauty and queerness and bring attention to the harassment of the LGBTQ+ community. The performances – often dark, strange, evocative, and queer at their core – are a manifestation of Gena’s subconscious. But they come at a price.
UK • 2022 • 17 mins
Two British artists: the lesbian portrait painter Sadie Lee and the non-binary writer Libro Levi Bridgeman happen to have been born on the same day. They meet to collaborate on a portrait of Libro and discuss their lives from the 1980s onwards. Now, after 3 years, Sadie is ready to uncover the painting.
This short documentary follows Sadie and Libro’s friendship and the collaboration’s surprising reveal. The portrait is a first for art, important for queer politics and sensational to see. Showing a queerer side of queer we’ve never seen before.
Welcome to the third edition of the Folkestone Documentary Festival. Come to the Kent seaside for a weekend of documentary films, discussions, walks and parties. The festival celebrates documentary filmmaking in all its forms, from social issues to culture to the environment and nature, or just great real stories, with community collaborations at the heart of programming.
For more information, visit folkestonedocumentaryfestival.co.uk.