Now, in its third year, Queer Porto 2017 takes place 4-8 October at the Teatro Rivoli.

This edition highlights the work of Peter Friedman, the American director of one of the most important documentaries on HIV/AIDS and its social and political implications, Silverlake Life: The View From Here (1993). (pictured at top.) The director will be in attendance at the festival. Tom Joslin, a actor in the film, is also scene in the presentation of the documentary Black Star: Autobiography of a Close Friend (1977), a prequel of Silverlake Life.



The emphasis on the work of Peter Friedman was the motto for the organization of a thematic program, This Is Me, dedicated to the autobiographical representation in queer cinema. Inside the show is a unique opportunity to watch a set of short films by the director, activist and figurehead of the North American experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer, whose work focuses on body politics issues. Other notable works and figures that contribute to a reflection on issues of queer autobiography, such as Robert Mapplethorpe’s biographical documentary, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and Jonathan Caouette’s already classic Tarnation.

Blackstar: Autobiography of a Close Friend, Tom Joslin (United States – 1977)
Craigslist Allstars, Samira Elagoz (Finland/Holland – 2016)
Double Strength, Barbara Hammer (United States, 1978)
Dyketactics, Barbara Hammer (United States, 1974)
Fighting in Southwest Louisiana, Peter Friedman, Jean-François Brunet (United States – 1991)
A Horse Is Not A Metaphor, Barbara Hammer (United States, 2008)
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey (United States – 2015)
Silverlake Life: The View from Here, Peter Friedman, Tom Joslin (United States – 1993)
Tarnation, Jonathan Caouette (United States – 2003, 100’)
Tender Fictions, Barbara Hammer (United States, 1995)

Closing Queer Porto is 1:54 (2016), by Yan England The films tells the story of Tim, a shy athlete of sixteen, brilliant and talented, but the bullying pressure he suffers leads him to a situation where human limits reach the point of no return.

For more information, visit the Queer Porto website.

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