Doc Shorts: The Art of Realization

Politics, history, sports, art, and community come together—with a decidedly queer slant—in Frameline’s annual short documentary program. Take a deep dive into transgender imagery through the ages, meet a politician taking body positivity to parliament and a lesbian returning to her teenage love of hockey, and join the London House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as they canonize filmmaker Derek Jarman.

Photo by Duane Cramer.

Short films showing in this program:

Body Politics

In a fatphobic image-conscious world, Dr. Jill Andrew takes her fight for body justice, human rights, representation, access, and equity to the legislature as the first queer Black person elected as a member of provincial parliament.


In 1991, the London House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence canonized Derek Jarman, a prominent queer filmmaker and the most public figure living openly with HIV in the UK during the early '90s, as Britain’s first living gay saint. Saintmaking brings the Sisters together again for the first time in over twenty years.

Salman Toor’s Emerald Green

In a Brooklyn studio, acclaimed Pakistani-born artist Salman Toor is at work on a new figurative painting that’s going to be shown alongside canvases by art historical heroes like Johannes Vermeer at the Frick Madison in New York City.

Small Congratulations

After quitting hockey as an embarrassed pre-teen, Izzy, a queer writer from Toronto, tells the story of joining a women’s community league to gain confidence and access to a community they deeply value.

Surviving Voices: The Black Community & AIDS

Surviving Voices is a multi year documentary project about the impact of the AIDS epidemic on various communities in the US. Its 2022 chapter focuses on the inspiring stories of Black activists and advocates around the country.


Vikken is transgender. He’s about to take hormones for the first time. He records his voice that will disappear, and summons the figures of the past from all over the world for an intimate dialogue with himself.

Expected Guests

Jörg Fockele
Director (Surviving Voices)
Ondine Rarey
Editor (Surviving Voices)


Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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