Saturday 23 May, 20:00, De Balie, grote zaal

Shani Williams

Vittoria Colonna, documentary, Ireland 2008, 80 minutes, English with no subtitles

The economic prosperity of Ireland provides the ground for a lively, multicultural queer community to bloom. The Italian Fabio Ferri finds a place in Dublin for his drag queen persona and alter ego Sibyl Vane. In the same club scene we meet Sahara and her lovely Asian trans woman community as well as the local Irish drag king/burlesque queen performer Shani Williams. The introvert musician, Lee, shares how becoming a transman was liberating, and last but not at least, the novelist Crystal is portrayed, who found support from her church, which accepts her community of transvestites and transgenders. Identities is beautifully shot, mainly in black and white. Its a poetic picture book of five creative souls that illustrates the rich spectrum of gender diversity.

Sahara will be present at the screening of the film.

This programme is co-presented by our community partner and festival hotspot, the queer café Saarein 2.

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