Documentary Shorts: Reel Queer Lives

Documentary Shorts: Reel Queer Lives

April 1, 12:00 AM – April 30, 11:59 PM


This is a virtual event. All shorts programs will be available between April 1-30, 2021 and all feature films will be available for ten days between April 8-18, 2021.

Does queer cinema leave you asking yourself: Okay but where are our real stories? Well, here they are. Join us for a showcase of lived queer experiences, whether they be local or oceans away. Curated by Wicked Queer Team.

They Through Them

Joan explores feelings and thoughts about being non-binary, through the people of their community in Barcelona.

Directed by Joan Galo, 2020, 11 min, Spain, English, Spanish with English subtitles, Q

Directed by Joan Galo 11 m English, Spanish with English subtitles Spain

Dear Chaemin

Dear Chaemin is a series of three video letters sent by Cyan Bae from The Hague to her sister in Seoul in the midst of social isolation. The autofictional film juxtaposes the Korean and Dutch contexts of contact tracing, biopolitics and crowd control practices, each of which intensifies the stigmatization and violence against queer communities and people of Asian descent. While yearning for the Post-Corona in the New Normal, should we wish the normal back?

Directed by Cyan Bae, 2020, 17 min, Korea, Korean with English subtitles, Q

Content Warning: Viewer discretion advised.

Directed by Cyan Bae 17 m Korean with English subtitles Korea Documentary


In the moment of catastrophic climate change Jon Wright, a gay farmer, is faced with a dilemma. His 22-year commitment to transform the genetics of his bull herd are pitted against the attitudes of the beef industry. Through his journey of loss and survival, we learn what it takes to be true to yourself, at any cost.

Directed by Luke Cornish, 2020, 23 min, Australia, English, G

Directed by Luke Cornish 23 m English Australia Documentary


The secret yearnings of a child for an alternate identity are traced through a decade of birthday wishes filmed by their mother.

Directed by Amy Jenkins, 2019, 6 min, USA, English, T

Directed by Amy Jenkins 6 m English USA Documentary

In the Image of God

The fourth generation in his family to be born intersex, Jewish Rabbi Levi was assigned the female gender at birth and grew up thinking he was sick and defective. "In the Image of God" tells the story of his struggles and transitions, culminating today in a life as a religious leader and an LGBTQI+ activist living happily in Los Angeles with his wife.

Directed by Bianca Rondolino, 2020, 15 min, Italy, English, I

Content Warning: Transphobia.

Directed by Bianca Rondolino 15 m English Italy Documentary

My Crazy Boxers

Suicidal – or just a working class woman caught in the wrong underpants? Pixellated fragments slowly materialise in this video based on actual meetings with hospital staff while in a psychiatric hospital system, creating a powerful and distressing elegy from the incessant gendering of underwear.

Directed by Krissy Mahan, 2020, 9 min, USA, English, T/Q

Content Warning: Suicide (talked about)

Directed by Krissy Mahan 9 m English USA Documentary

A job like any other

Pierre is an ordinary 55 years old man, solitary and very shy. He lives in his tidy and quiet apartment surrounded by his favourite figurine collections. However, his job is far from his low profil type. He’s been a Drag Queen Barmaid for the past 30 years, a hard and restrictive work he never really chose. But for him, it’s a job like any other.

Directed by Annick Roussy, 2020, 21 min, Canada, French with English subtitles, G/Q

Directed by Annick Roussy 21 m French with English subtitles Canada Documentary

Gay as in Happy: A Queer Anti Tragedy

An experimental autoethnographic documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.

Directed by Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim, 2020, 3 min, Canada, English, T/Q

Directed by Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim 3 m English Canada Documentary