Just another evening

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 16, 2008 by antjemaria

Two young people are sitting in a Bar, late at the evening, somewhere in Neukölln. It is one of those new, so called alternative Bars in Neukölln (a quarter of Berlin, known as an imigrant quarter, where more and more young “alternative” people settle down and with them, Bars, art collectives, etc.). The Bar is quite nice, you can feel home pritty easy…therefore it does not need a lot of time until the conversation between the two young people becomes very personal, trying to figure out what does it mean not to define gender, to live in the small space inbetween, not willing to define sex or gender. They get very fast to the point that is nearly impossible to live this identy, because the definition is always wanted and put on you like a stamp at your front – straigth, lesbian, gay, woman, man…, with a clear image of each category …

While talking two other young girls enter the small bar. Theay sit down at the next table and also this conversation gets somehow personal. The conversation of the girls turns very fast into gossiping about friends and aquaintances and about some gays they do know. They do “love it so much, how female all those gays behave, they are just so cute and funny…” big laughter from their side “you know, he is just so gay, so faggy” laughter. Both of them seem to know very well, what should be the apropiate male behaviour and that “all those gays, just are so nice because of being so girlish, they are just not such real man” laughter. It sounds like a conversation about a new cute pet of a small child.

But sure, just another evening in Berlin.

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Misja Brunhilda

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 29, 2008 by annakalina

I recently discovered the short movie “Misja Brunhilda” by Queer Misja collective from Warszawa, which I highly recommend! It’s a clever appropriation and queer reading of the polish sexploitation science fiction movie “sexmisja” from 1984. Storyline: Two male volunteers for a refreezing experiment are revived several years in the future, in a world with only women which is run by the League of Women’s Lib, which is depicted as cruel and manhating etc., but at the end the two men manage to make their gards fall in love with them and they regain power. So basically a heteronormative, misagonyst movie. “Misja Brunhilda” turns things upside down, adressing heteronormativity in a very intelligent and funny way, making a gay couple out of the two men, kept in prison for refusing to take heteronormativity pills, but soon to be rescued by the mouse Brunhilda, special force agent of the queer “decadencja” movement. watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmOaRXHP-Rg

Red Dawns festival is looking for submissions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 22, 2008 by antjemaria

The feminist and queer festival Rdece Zore (Red Dawns) will happen around the 8 of march 2009 in Ljubljana, Slovenia for the 10th time. The organizers are still looking for people that want to join the group and support the festival! If you are interested in participating or to get some information how to visit the festival watch the webpage and the call for submissions: http://www.kudmreza.org/rdece/

The Red Dawns festival is a lively and colourfull festival with a lot of different participants and visitors. The atmosphere at the festival is quite familiar, but in the same time, it connects not only activists from former yugoslavia, but from all over “europe” – a good conecting point for artists, activists and people just interested in the topic of feminism and queer and at the end of each day, a place for great parties with sometimes really amazing acts!

Fotos

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 17, 2008 by antjemaria

Ladyfest.

foto: Božena Miežonis

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 17, 2008 by antjemaria

foto: Stepanova