Protesters took to the streets in the aftermath of the Stonewall riots in lower Manhattan in the summer of 1969. Stonewall marked a turning point in the gay rights movement.
In its 5th edition, Queer Porto – International Queer Film Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a programme dwelling on Stonewall’s legacy to queer cinema.
One of its highlights is the screening of the documentary film “Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: A Chapter in David Wojnarowicz’s Life, 1989-1991” in the presence of the director, Marion Scemama.
There are also other titles intersecting activism and the different expressions and problems queer communities experienced over the last 50 years. The Official Competition provides an opportunity to watch some of the latest queer film productions, such as “The Gospel of Eureka”, a documentary by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, or the Russian fiction film “The Man Who Surprised Everyone”, by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov.
Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: a Chapter in David Wojnarowicz’s Life, 1989–1991.
“The Gospel of Eureka”
Teatro Rivoli’s Small Auditorium also hosts the In My Shorts competition, featuring Portuguese student films, and a special programme dedicated to video essays, a genre that is proving to be a privileged conduit for queer cinema, and that encourages us to rethink notions of personal and collective memory, fragment, and the boundaries between reality and fiction. Following its quest for cross-disciplinarity, Queer Porto also puts forward Queer Pop, which comprises two sessions this year: one dedicated to Stonewall, and another one to pop icon Britney Spears. Exhibitions and performances establish a dialogue between the films presented at Teatro Rivoli and other events and venues in Porto, promising five intense days of queer culture celebration.