Wednesday, March 31
(2020, Adam Golub, United States/Brazil, 75 mins, in Portuguese w/ English subtitles)
Guests: Adam Golub (director) and Indianara Siqueira
Introduced by: Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki, UMass Amherst
International Trans Day of Visibility
“‘We transgender are the revolution!’ Indianara Siqueira, trans activist and politician, admonishes her political party for ousting her days before the 2018 Brazilian national elections. In the same election cycle extreme-Right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is a forerunner for president of the republic. Indianara is the mother of a homeless shelter and community center for trans sex workers called Nem House in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Nem House is a squat and facing the threat of eviction Indianara occupies a colonial palace near Nem House to bargain with the city to save the house. As Brazilian democracy crumbles around her she fights to save her community from the uncertain streets.” (Official website)
Watch and Participate
March 25 – March 31
(Weds, March 31 at 7:30PM EST)
All events are free and open to the public.
About the Filmmaker and Guest
Adam Golub is an Israeli-American documentarian, media artist and videographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism in 2013 and was a fellow at the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in 2014. His feature documentary “Your Mother’s Comfort”(2020) premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and won the Grand Jury Award at Outfest, Los Angeles and honorable mention for features at Newfest, New York. His film “Skin,” (2017) won Outstanding Documentary Short at Art of Brooklyn and Best Short at Newfest, New York. His short film “I Was Here First” premiered at DOC NYC and was acquired by BK Magazine.
Brazilian trans activist and founder of Casa Nem in Río de Janeiro, educational Center for the homeless and transexual workers, Indianara is an important political and human figure, fierce sex worker, who has dedicated her life in the defense of human rights and trans activism in her country.
About the Introducer
Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki
Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki (Belgium, 1991). Co-founder of the independent documentary production company Etcétera Films, she worked as an assistant director and producer in the audiovisual field before directing her first medium-length documentary, Kyori. Her previous experience as a producer includes the feature-length fiction film Los Modernos (Uruguay), together with short films such as Fuimos y Somos (Uruguay) and music video Rest-up (Japan). She is currently a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature and Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst.
Genny Beemyn, Director of the Stonewall Center
Along with being the center director, Genny Beemyn is the coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse. Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans college students, including writing some of the first articles on the topic. They have written or edited eleven books/journal issues, including A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014) and The Lives of Transgender People (Columbia University Press, 2011) with Sue Rankin. Genny’s most recent book is an anthology, Trans People in Higher Education (SUNY Press, 2019). They are currently writing Campus Queer: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQA+ College Students with Mickey Eliason for Johns Hopkins University Press and editing The Encyclopedia of Trans Studies with Abbie Goldberg for SAGE. Genny is also an editorial board member for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the Journal of Homosexuality. They have a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.
Genny also runs competitively, maintains a huge garden, rants about the political and environmental climate, road trips to Dar Williams concerts across New England, and obsesses about old Star Trek.