Director Jorge Pelicano takes a look at the relationship between a mother and her son who are at odds over his profession as a pornstar in Until Porn Do Us Part (Até Que o Porno Nos Separe) which focuses on the way in which a family can become strained and look to rekindle the love for each other.
Named for Vjeran Miladinovic Merlinka, a transgender sex worker who was murdered 16 years ago, this festival now proudly showcases dozens of queer and LGBT themed films, including over 100 short films. As Serbia takes steps towards making a safer world for LGBT youth, the Merlinka Festival has become more of a cultural event and source of local pride than an avant-garde film fest. As such, we were more than happy to get a sneak peek at this year’s catalogue.
Gay Chorus Deep South is one of the most timely feeling documentaries in recent years. They as a group are attempting many would consider life threatening and dangerous but they do so with smiling faces and hope in their hearts. The struggle between religion and queerness has always been present but with documentaries like this providing positive and enriching experiences, we can move closer towards global acceptance that can see us all come together.
How do you make a documentary about the downfall of a porn star without leaning in to some of the more problematic stereotypes about people in that industry? Tomer Heymann’s fly on the wall examination of Jonathan Agassi manages to be a cautionary tale without ever demonising its subject, or the industry he works in.
The Shiny Shrimps fits perfectly within the canon of heart-warming sports films that are happy to not take themselves too seriously. Having it’s premiere at the Merlinka Festival this December, this film is sure to prove to be popular among audiences while helping to promote acceptance in sports. Water polo has never looked so fun.
Moffie, explora con autenticidad y vulnerabilidad una historia que no ha sido contada a nivel comercial, y gracias a la tenacidad del escritor-director Hermanus, esta cinta ayudará a entender el antes y después de una sociedad lidiando con trauma, y detalla de una manera brutal la noción que como la exterminación hacia lo diferente no siempre es algo táctil, sino también, mental.
When it comes to growing up in a religious environment, discovering your own sexuality can be a bit of a struggle, as nature battles against nurture. While your feelings are telling you one thing, the lessons that have been drilled into you since you could read say the opposite. This conflict only grows stronger when introducing a potential love interest who seems to understand you better than you know yourself.