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Queer Films Take Centre Stage to Honour Pride Festival

The Documentary New Zealand Trust presents
February 15 – 17, 2019

For one weekend only, the Auckland Art Gallery will open its doors to Doc Edge Pride for a plethora of real-life stories that have queer culture at their heart. Ahead of their comprehensive mid-year festival, The Documentary Edge International Film Festival (Doc Edge) has curated a stunning selection of international films that will have audiences laughing, crying and finding meaning in the trials and tribulations of queer life in both a historic and contemporary context.

From the hedonistic trip of Studio 54 to the movement for trans equality in the military, this selection of films provides insights into queer culture that are an essential addition to the celebration of the 2019 Auckland Pride Festival.

Continuing their commitment to the transformative power of the genre, Doc Edge is delighted to announce the following ten films for this year’s Doc Edge Pride Festival:

The Coming Back Out Ball Movie is a life-affirming love letter to the ageing LGBTQ+ community. An extraordinary group of people are invited to attend a Ball celebrating their gender and sexual identity with some experiencing love and acceptance for the very first time in their lives.

From Baghdad to the Bay follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, a former Iraqi translator for the U.S. military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured and ostracized, he forges a new identity as an openly gay man in San Francisco.

The Gospel of Eureka is a story about how love, faith and civil rights collide in Eureka Springs, Arkansas as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes.

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life dives into the life of one of the world’s most successful gay porn stars and his unusual relationship with his mother. A rare and intimate look at the world of porn and escorting.

Mr. Gay Syria follows two Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives while attempting to realise their dream of competing in Mr. Gay World competition.

Portraits of the Rainbow profiles successful fashion-photographer, Leslie Kee, as he documents ten thousand LGBTQ+ people in Japan with his project 'Out in Japan'.

Studio 54 tells the real story behind the greatest and most hedonistic club of all time.

TransMilitary documents four brave men and women who risk their careers by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve.

All in My Family is the heartfelt, cross-cultural story of Chinese-born filmmaker, Hao Wu, who has struggled to understand the meaning of family and to build one of his own.
In This Family looks at how one Filipino family reacts to having a gay son…and daughter.

The Doc Edge Pride film festival will screen at the Auditorium, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY TOI O TĀMAKI from Friday 15 February, 7pm - Sunday 17 February, 9pm. Ticket prices range from $12 - $19 per session (fees may apply). Auckland Art Gallery membership and multiple movie discounts are available.

Doc Edge International Film Festival
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 February

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