our next queer loox evening will take place on Tuesday 7 June at 19h. Location will be, as usual, the Rotondes. Our next films will discuss political activism and personal feelings.
Our main film is “My Child”, Turkey 2013, Director: Can Candan, 82 Min. (Turkish with English subtitles)
My Child is a film that documents the narrations of seven LGBT activists in their trajectory of becoming an activist. Special about this is that the narrators are not LGBT people but their parents who intimately recount their personal experiences. What happens when your child comes out to you?
They had to learn it from scratch to be a parent. When they talk about how they experienced the coming out of their children, they refer to it as the death of a child and birth of a new one. They say this extremely traumatic experience has also led to their own rebirth, as they have been questioning what it means to be an individual. In a conservative society, where family ties are important, they had to deal with their fears about what “others” would say, whether they would be ostracized if they were to come out to their own parents, families, and friends. They say that they are very lucky that they have children who have come out to them and their children have become their teachers in this process. Eventually, the parents became LGBT activists and are members of the support and advocacy group LISTAG and fight for visibility, acceptance and equal rights.
After the screening of this film, we would like to discuss the situation in Luxembourg with you.
As supporting film we present the videoartfilm “The Alphabet of Feeling Bad”, Germany 2012, Karin Michalski, 20 min. (UV English)
The Alphabet of Feeling Bad terms everyday negative feelings like the impression of being stuck at an impasse, of feeling numb or not able to work, of being overwhelmed by demands, of not being adequate and not getting on, and provides them with a different meaning. Negative feelings are not understood as individual failure or sickness. Rather the question is raised of how these could be collectively sensed as “public feelings” but also politicized in the context of neoliberal working conditions and of homophobia, sexism and racism.
The film director, Karin Michalski, works as artist and film- and video-art curator as well as a lecturer in Berlin. She is one of the editors of the book “I is for Impasse. Affektive Queerverbindungen in Theorie_Aktivismus_Kunst“ (bbooks, Berlin, 2015) and of the fanzine “FEELING BAD – queer pleasures, art & politics” (2011). The perfomer, Ann Cvetkovich, is Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. She is the author of several publications, including “Depression. A Public Feeling” (Duke University Press, 2012) and “An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures,” (Duke University Press, 2003).
We are looking forward to seeing you.
Constanze & Tereza & Mari – THE QUEER LOOX Team