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Queendom (15)

A performance artists lies on the grass of a clifftop, dressed in costume.

A queer performance artist in Russia uses their body as a site of resistance against war, police brutality and prejudice, in this powerful documentary. 

Gena, a queer artist from a small town in Russia, dresses in otherworldly costumes made from junk and tape, and protests the government on the streets of Moscow.

Born and raised on the harsh streets of Magadan, a frigid outpost of the Soviet gulag, Gena is only 21. She stages radical performances in public that become a new form of art and activism. By doing that, she wants to change people’s perception of beauty and queerness and bring attention to the harassment of the LGBTQ+ community.

The performances - often dark, strange, evocative, and queer at their core - are a manifestation of Gena’s subconscious. But they come at a price.

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

2023 dir Agniia Galdanova 96 min


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