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    The individual and the group; the skin-deep and the deep-down; the challenge of being who you are in a world that prefers to put you in a box and manage your actions and choices. These films challenge us with the questions of different individuals as they strive to remain true to who they are. Writer and philosopher Simon(e) van Saarloos wrote a long read on the themes of this Pathway: read it here.

    Titles in this Pathway

    5 Houses

    • Bruno Gularte Barreto
    • 2020

      Twenty years after he left his hometown in the south of Brazil, a filmmaker returns. His portraits of five local people reawaken painful memories. A bitter yet tender look at the past.

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      Corpus Misty

      • Aubrey Heichemer
      • 2020

        Wandering through a labyrinth of soft shapes, the viewer encounters stories of genderqueers and women who fall outside the norm. This immersive VR documentary shows that there is more that connects us than divides us.

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        Nothing but the Sun

        • Arami Ullón
        • 2020

          For years, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno has been visiting Ayoreo communities in Paraguay with an antique cassette recorder to register conversations, stories, and songs of his people. This heritage contains the poignant testimonies of a disappearing culture.

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          She Had a Dream

          • Raja Amari
          • 2020

            Ghofrane Binous is a charismatic figure who became politically active during the Tunisian national elections. In a class-based society with mostly men at the helm, this young, Black, working-class woman has plenty of obstacles to overcome.

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            Showgirls of Pakistan

            • Saad Khan
            • 2020

              People may regard the way Afreen, Uzma, and Reema earn their living as vulgar, but these Pakistani dancers hold their heads high despite the threats, censorship, and prejudice. An energy-packed, taboo-busting record of a dynamic subculture.

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              Silent Voice

              • Reka Valerik
              • 2020

                Khavaj, a young Chechnyan martial arts fighter, is hiding in Belgium because of his sexual orientation. The traumas he’s been through caused him to lose his voice. Cut off from his family and far from home, his only option is to reinvent himself.

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                Socks on Fire

                • Bo McGuire
                • 2020

                  The death of director Bo McGuire’s much-loved grandmother brings to light family issues that engender melancholy, strife, and intimacy. Why did his favorite aunt become homophobic and reject her queer brother?

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                  Son of Sodom

                  • Theo Montoya
                  • 2020

                    Camilo Najar was known on the Medellín queer scene as “Son of Sodom.” At the age of 21 he died of a heroin overdose. Montoya explores the no-future mentality of his generation in a freewheeling, punk style.

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                    Unforgivable

                    • Marlén Viñayo
                    • 2020

                      Geovanny became a gang member and a murderer when he was 12. In prison, he joined an evangelical church that lavished God’s forgiveness on him. However, one sin is unforgivable for both the gang and the church: Geovanny is gay.

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