Up Close & Personal

GENRE: AIDS/HIV | Arts & Literature | Black/African American | Documentary | Domestic Abuse | Drag | Gay | Genderqueer | Immigration/Exile | Latinx | Lesbian | Mental Health | Native American/Indigenous | Non-binary | Queer | Trans Men/Transmasculine | Trans Women/Transfeminine | Transgender
SECTION: Documentary Features | Shorts

Queer communities and collectives are at the forefront of Frameline44’s program of exquisite documentary shorts from across the globe. Here, you’ll find this year’s Teddy Award winner, a trans Indigenous punk musician, art therapy, animated body positivity, found footage tributes to a generation lost to AIDS, scenic lesbian road trips, and a pink haunted house collide.



Playback (Playback. Ensayo de una despedida)

DIRECTOR Agustina Comedi | 2019 | Argentina | 14m | In Spanish with English subtitles

Argentina in the late 1980s: Catholic, conservative, and shaped by a military dictatorship. La Delpi, the sole survivor of a group of transgender women and drag queens, talks about how their shows in basement theatres galvanized the community and helped them in their struggle against AIDS and police violence. How they healed their wounds with lipstick, playback performances, and improvised stage outfits. And how they invented happy endings for those who were to die. A farewell letter compiled from VHS memories. Winner of the Teddy Award at this year’s Berlinale.

Jesse Jams

DIRECTOR Trevor Anderson | 2020 | Canada | 16m

A young Indigenous trans musician and his rock band bring mumble punk to the Interstellar Rodeo. A rock 'n' roll survival story of a different stripe from director Trevor Anderson ( Docking, Frameline43; The Little Deputy, Frameline39).


DIRECTOR Clem Hue | 2019 | France | 21m | In French and Spanish with English subtitles

In the suburbs of Toulouse, a group of queers and migrants are squatting in a mysterious pink house. They find traces of the previous occupants and try to live with the memory of a crime in this haunting and poignant film.

Flesh (Carne)

DIRECTOR Camila Kater | 2019 | Brazil, Spain | 12m | In Portuguese with English subtitles

Rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done. Through intimate and personal stories, five women share their experiences in relation to the body, from childhood to old age.


DIRECTOR Andrew R. Blackman | 2019 | New Zealand | 7m

Featuring breathtaking set pieces, this immersive documentary portrait delves into the fantastical world of artist Gui Taccetti, whose deeply personal work channels the anxiety of growing up gay in staunchly Catholic Brazil.

Breakwater (Quebramar)

DIRECTOR Cris Lyra | 2019 | Brazil | 27m | In Portuguese with English subtitles

With touches of Barbara Hammer, the collectively-made Breakwater follows a group of friends from São Paulo as they go on a road trip to a remote beach. While they wait for the new year’s eve, they build a safe and pleasant environment through music and friendship.

Buying NoteThis digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 11:00am Saturday, September 26. There is no Q&A.

Creelman :) Farmer 

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP), The Women's BuildingSebastopol Documentary Film Festival