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Queering the Stage screening + Q&A

  • De Balie, Filmzaal Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen Amsterdam, NH, 1017 Netherlands (map)

14.00 SHORT FILM PROGRAM | Queering the Stage + Q&A

Following the debate Queering the Stage, three films related to the topics discussed will be screened.

In attendance of filmmaker Mohamad Abdouni and protagonist Anya Kneez.


ANYA KNEEZ: A Queen In Beirut

Mohamad Abdouni

After 23 years in the United States, Anya Kneez moves back home to live with her parents in Lebanon. She struggles with the values of a Middle Eastern society that fails to accommodate her lifestyle. The short documentary portrays the life of the boy who brought Drag from the slums of Brooklyn to the clubs of Beirut.

Country: Lebanon
Year: 2017
Duration: 11 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: English


Mohamad Abdouni is a multidisciplinary visual artist, photographer, filmmaker and curator based in Beirut. He founded F/I/M2/P magazine back in 2012, a print publication for Arts & Culture in the Middle East, and is currently Editor in-Chief of ‘COLD CUTS’ magazine. He has worked with the likes of FENDI, Vice UK and L’officiel, whereas his personal projects tend to focus on the untold stories of Beirut and the rising queer culture of the city through several documentaries and photo stories. Whether in still photography or moving images, Abdouni seamlessly shifts between raw aesthetics and overly romanticised visuals, with music always playing a primordial part in every project.



Decoding DarkMatter

Crystal Waterton

Decoding DarkMatter documents the journey of two Asian transgender poetry performance artists, as they progress from Stanford University, where they began performing together, to their first large theater production. As art activists, they discuss the obstacles trans people of color are facing worldwide.

Country: United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 22 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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Tango Queerido

Liliana Furió

Tango Queerido offers insight from within the international queer tango movement. It highlights the paradox of how tango, a traditionally macho dance, has given LGBTIQ communities a tool of communication and political struggle through appropriation, rebelling against its heteronormative gender roles.

Country: Argentina
Year: 2016
Duration: 60 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, German, Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Earlier Event: December 10
Queering the Stage debate