We are living for the Queer strand at Raindance 2020!

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

It’s that time of year again! Raindance Film Festival is back for 2020 and once again, one of the programming strands is completely queer. 

In addition, there’s 50 feature films and documentaries screening online this year, plus short film programmes (including plenty of queer shorts), immersive VR experiences, and industry masterclasses. 

There’s even a queer VR experience! We honestly couldn’t feel more blessed. Another Dream is a hybrid animated documentary and VR game which brings the gripping, true love story of an Egyptian lesbian couple to life. 

Opening 28 October and closing 7 November, there’s something for everyone at Raindance this year. Check out what you can expect from the QUEER strand below. 🌈

A Dim Valley  

In this queer hallucinogenic fairytale, a biologist and his two pot-smoking assistants working deep in the Appalachian woods encounter a trio of mystical backpackers. 

Born To Be  

An intimate look at how the work of Dr Jess Ting at New York’s groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery impacts the lives of his patients, as well as his own life. 

Drag Kids  

Touching documentary chronicling four drag performers under the age of 12. Having faced enormous scrutiny over their brief drag careers, the young stars prepare for the biggest performance of their lives at Montreal Pride. 

Madame 

Using private archive footage, this family saga challenges the taboos of gender and sexuality as a flamboyant 90-year old and her gay grandson explore the development and transmission of gender identity in a patriarchal environment. 

The Mystery Of The Pink Flamingo 

With contributors including John Walters and Eduardo Casanova, this eccentric documentary follows a man obsessed with flamingos on his quest to unravel the real story behind this pink socio-cultural phenomenon. 

Under My Skin 

Liv Hewson and Alex Russell star as a free-spirited artist and a straight-laced lawyer respectively, whose love is tested by questions of gender. The central character Derry is played by an ensemble cast of actors who identify as non-binary or trans non-binary.

Head over to cinema.raindance.org/collection/queer/ to find out more.

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