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WQ:Docs 2023

November 10-20, 2023

Streaming encore Nov 21 - 30

Back for a second year, WQ: Docs celebrates the rich and vibrant true stories of the LGBTQ+ community and the ever-evolving art of the documentary.

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It's Only Life After All

7:00 pm
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Friday
,
Nov
10
@ the
MFA
An intimate look into the lives of one of the most iconic folk-rock bands in America - the Indigo Girls.
An intimate look into the lives of one of the most iconic folk-rock bands in America - the Indigo Girls.

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Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes

11:00 am
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Saturday
,
Nov
11
@ the
MFA
HIDDEN MASTER features a stunning collection of photography from the 1930s-50s, uncovering the life of Lynes less known work.
A biography of photographer George Platt Lynes, whose life challenges our ideas of what pre-Stonewall gay life was for some.

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Jewelle: A Just Vision

with The ABCs of Book Banning

2:30 pm
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Saturday
,
Nov
11
@ the
MFA
Join us for a presentation of Madeleine Lim's doc Jewelle: A Just Vision with  Jewelle Gomez and Director Madeleine Lim in attendence.
Jewelle: A Just Vision, focuses a joyful and hope-filled spotlight on novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and journalist Jewelle Gomez.

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BAMBI: A French Woman

7:00 pm
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Wednesday
,
Nov
15
@ the
French Library
From the day she was born in Algiers, Marie-Pierre has always wanted to wear dresses and has stubbornly refused her given name: Jean-Pierre
By collecting the story of one of the first transgender women, Sebastien Lifshitz continues his work initiated with Wild Side & Little Girl

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The Aggressives

7:00 pm
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Friday
,
Nov
17
@ the
Brattle
This pioneering documentary filmed in NYC from 1997-2004 follows a group of "Aggressives," - masculine presenting and/or identifying.
This pioneering documentary filmed in NYC from 1997-2004 follows a group of "Aggressives."

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Beyond the Aggressives: 25 Years Later

9:00 pm
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Friday
,
Nov
17
@ the
Brattle
A follow up to the groundbreaking 2005 film The Aggressives similar to Michael Apted's 7-Up, revisting the characters over 20 years
In 2005, the groundbreaking film The Aggressives showcased the remarkable stories of Chin, Octavio, Trevon, and Kisha.

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Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field

11:00 am
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Saturday
,
Nov
18
@ the
MFA
What do Emily in Paris, Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty all have in common? Patricia Field
Even if you haven’t heard of Patricia Field, there is no doubt you’re deeply familiar with her legendary designs.

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REEL QUEER LIVES

1:00 pm
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Saturday
,
Nov
18
@ the
Brattle
Six brilliant short documentaries chronicles the realities of Queer life in the USA and abroad.

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Playland

2:30 pm
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Saturday
,
Nov
18
@ the
MFA
The Playland Café, Boston’s oldest gay bar, was established in 1937 and was a vital queer hub in the city until 1998.
Exploring the history of Boston's now-lost Playland cafe through experimental documentary.

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Who I Am Not

4:00 pm
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Saturday
,
Nov
18
@ the
Brattle
Born male and female within one single body, a beauty queen and a male-presenting activist break the intersex taboo.
A beauty queen and a male-presenting activist break the intersex taboo through a personal and intimate exploration.

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DONNA

6:30 pm
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Saturday
,
Nov
18
@ the
Brattle
An intimate and candid portrait of the inspiring trans activist, artist and performer Donna Personna.
An intimate and candid portrait of the inspiring trans activist, artist and performer Donna Personna.

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Raw! Uncut! Video!

with Big Sur Gay Porn

8:30 pm
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Saturday
,
Nov
18
@ the
Brattle
Join us for an in-person presentation of 2020's Audience Award documentary with Director's Ryan White & Alex Clausen present.
The rise and fall of homegrown gay porn studio Palm Drive Video, and explores how a devoted couple fought AIDS through kink.

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Truth Be Told

2:00 pm
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Sunday
,
Nov
19
@ the
Brattle
"Truth Be Told" presents an unfiltered look at the diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals within the Black church.
Takes a bold and honest look at the culture behind the walls of the Black church.

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AKOE/AMFI: The Story of a Revolution (*Just to Sleep on their Chest...)

AKOE/AMFI: I istoria mias epanastasis (*Na koimamai sto stithos tou)

5:00 pm
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Sunday
,
Nov
19
@ the
Brattle
Greece, 1977. A proposed law brings gay men and "transvestites" together and sparks the creation of the first Greek LGBT movement
Greece, 1977. A proposed law brings gay men and "transvestites" together and sparks the creation of the first Greek LGBT movement.

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A Big Gay Hairy Hit! Where the Bears Are?: The Documentary

7:00 pm
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Sunday
,
Nov
19
@ the
Brattle
This hilarious and touching documentary tells the story of how three older, gay, "bears" working in Hollywood
An underdog documentary about how three middle-aged friends made the webseries hit "Where the Bears Are"

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Orlando My Political Biography

7:00 pm
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Monday
,
Nov
20
@ the
Brattle
Almost a century after its publication, Paul B. Preciado speaks to Virginia Woolf to tell her that her fictional character has become real.
Almost a century after its publication, Paul B. Preciado speaks to Virginia Woolf to tell her that her fictional character has become real

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BREAK THE GAME

9:00 pm
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Monday
,
Nov
20
@ the
Brattle
Video games and the community around them have meant everything to Narcissa Wright
Alone in her studio apartment, Narcissa Wright live streams every minute of her quest to be the world’s fastest Legend of Zelda player.

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Playland

7:00 pm
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Thursday
,
Dec
7
@ the
Bright Lights
The Playland Café, Boston’s oldest gay bar, was established in 1937 and was a vital queer hub in the city until 1998.
Exploring the history of Boston's now-lost Playland cafe through experimental documentary.