+ The Rogers
"Don’t limit yourself to masculine or feminine, be whatever you want to be. Voguing isn’t just dance moves, it’s attitude."
DATE: Saturday 14 March 2020
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Free Session - Register for attendance
Double Bill screening
Suitable for ages 15+
Country French Guiana
Language French with English subtitles
Director Audrey Jean-Baptiste
Run Time 46min
Cast Lasseindra Ninja, Victor Lopez Arboleda, Philippe Johannes, Jordy Cordeiro, Jeanine Verrin, Alberte Thomas
Awards & Screenings Frameline, MIX Milano, Outfest, Inside Out, MIX Copenhagen
Source Outplay Films
Lasseindra Ninja, the main character of the film, is a professional transgenre dancer born in 1986. She’s a well- known artist in France’s voguing scene. After building her career through the balls of New York, France and Brazil, among many other main stages, she comes back to her home country to introduce voguing in French Guiana. By the means of her workshop, we catch a glance of its emergence and its impact on self-empowerment for a consolidating LGBTQ community. A glimpse of self- liberation and freedom of expression through the body.
Screening with short film The Rogers
Directors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson
Country Samoa / Hawaii
Run Time 16min
An intimate glimpse of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands - the Rogers of Samoa. From the loneliness of family rejection and homelessness to the camaraderie of church, cooking, and dance, their stories reveal the challenges and possibilities of life in an island society rooted in culture and tradition.